KUWAIT (Reuters) – Kuwaiti security forces appear to have used excessive force to disperse several largely peaceful street protests since October, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Thursday, citing activists, protesters and witnesses.
Tens of thousands of Kuwaitis have taken to the streets over the past two months to protest changes to voting rules used in a parliamentary election on December 1 that they said would skew the outcome in favor of pro-government candidates.
DUBAI/KUWAIT, Dec 19 (Reuters) – When Ahmed Abdul Khaleq
started campaigning for the rights of his fellow stateless
people in the United Arab Emirates, he was well aware he was
risking something most activists were not – his home.
He was right. After two months in jail for what he said was
his human rights activism and campaigning for the stateless, he
was given a choice: life in jail or deportation.
KUWAIT, Dec 19 (Reuters) – In a room scented with incense,
twelve men in long traditional robes sip sweet tea and debate
the political future of Kuwait’s tribes at one of many
“diwaniya” across the country, a tradition of evening social
gatherings older than Kuwait itself.
The issue looms large in the tribal areas after changes to
the voting system ahead of a parliamentary election on Dec. 1
sparked a boycott by opposition politicians, including tribal
leaders who said the changes would have worked to their
disadvantage in particular.
KUWAIT (Reuters) – Kuwait’s ruler opened the country’s new parliament on Sunday in the face of months of street protests and political unrest, warning critics he would not accept lawless behavior and chaos on the streets.
Security forces had set up barriers that stopped several hundred opposition activists – a small crowd by Kuwaiti standards – approaching the building overnight to continue their demonstrations against what they see as a rubber-stamp assembly.
KUWAIT, Dec 8 (Reuters) – Tens of thousands of Kuwaitis
marched in the capital on Saturday in peaceful protest against a
parliament elected last week in the Gulf Arab state under voting
rules deemed unfair by the opposition.
Rule changes passed by decree in October, which reduced the
number of votes per citizen to one from four, have prompted a
spate of demonstrations and led the opposition to boycott the
Dec. 1 election.
KUWAIT (Reuters) – Hundreds of young Kuwaitis chanting protest slogans gathered at a roundabout outside the Gulf Arab state’s capital on Wednesday in the latest snap demonstration since a parliamentary election on Saturday.
Police have broken up several marches outside Kuwait City since Saturday, part of protests triggered by changes to voting rules the opposition said were designed to skew elections in favor of pro-government candidates.
KUWAIT, Dec 5 (Reuters) – Kuwait’s Interior Ministry said it
would take all necessary measures to prevent “unauthorised
assembly” in the Gulf Arab state after dispersing protesters it
said threw stones and tried to mow down police with cars.
Police have broken up a series of snap demonstrations
outside the capital since Saturday, part of protests triggered
by changes to voting rules the opposition said were designed to
skew elections in favour of pro-government candidates.
KUWAIT, Dec 2 (Reuters) – Kuwaitis have elected a parliament
including many newcomers which may prove more
government-friendly than its predecessor but could lack
legitimacy in the eyes of some due to a low voter turnout.
Kuwait’s stock index rose to a six-week high with
retail investors more confident the government would be able to
follow through on plans to develop the economy.
KUWAIT (Reuters) – Kuwaitis have elected a parliament including several newcomers which may prove more government-friendly than its predecessor but could lack legitimacy in the eyes of some due to a low voter turnout and an opposition boycott.
About 39 percent of the 422,569 eligible voters cast ballots, according to a Reuters calculation based on voting figures posted on Sunday on an Information Ministry website. It was not clear if the figures included invalid votes and ministry officials were not immediately available for a comment.
KUWAIT (Reuters) – Kuwaitis voted on Saturday in a divisive parliamentary election held under new polling rules that triggered an opposition boycott of the ballot and mass protests.
The election is the second this year in the oil-rich Gulf Arab state, where a series of assemblies have collapsed due to a power struggle between elected MPs and the cabinet.