Alert Series: Kuwait: Human Rights after February 28, 1991 [Draft]   [open pdf - 72KB]

"On February 28, 1991, allied military forces ousted an occupying Iraqi army from Kuwait. Since that time, it has been reported that three principal groups appear to be facing or have faced either discrimination or human rights violations. First, numerous human rights abuses against suspected Iraqi collaborators, including executions, were reported during the period March through May 1991. A State Security Court was the official apparatus responsible for trying suspected collaborators, having taken this responsibility from the dissolved martial-law courts. Many suspected collaborators remained in prison for extended periods although all death sentences were commuted to life in prison when martial law was lifted in June 1991. Second, as part of an attempt to abate a perceived potential security threat, Kuwait has made re-entry nearly impossible for Palestinians and others who fled during the Gulf War, some of whom have 'habitually resided' in Kuwait. Of those remaining in Kuwait, accounts of Palestinians and Bedoons (stateless individuals) facing official harassment and deportation, some in possible violation of international law, have been reported. Third, supporters of a pro-parliament movement have been violently suppressed and many of its supporters, including exparliamentarians, have been arrested or detained."

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