This video is about Pakistani workers in Kuwait.
From daily Haaretz in Israel:
By Tal Pavel
A young Kuwaiti man was detained recently for his criticism of the Bahraini and Saudi royal families.
Nasser Abul, a Shi’ite Muslim, published the critical remarks via his Twitter feed, at a very high frequency, until June 7. Notable among his tweets was information about the recent anti-government protests in Bahrain. He also uploaded photographs of people killed in the protests. In most of the cases, he re-tweeted other users’ messages via his own feed.
This is not the first time that a blogger has been detained in Kuwait. Three months ago, a local blogger was released from a two-month stint in prison for slandering the name of the prime minister.
Damaging the image of state officials is a Middle Eastern taboo, damaging information and criticism are not meant to be published on the internet. With this in mind, Abul’s detention does not seem surprising, especially considering Kuwait‘s important ties with Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.
There has been a lot of tension within the Sunni Bahraini regime over the last few months following protests among Bahrain‘s Shi’ite community, which makes up the majority of the population of the country. This tension is added to by this year’s dramatic events in the Middle East, which have shown that the written word made public via the internet can bring a regime to its knees.
Despite this, Kuwait does not have a reputation for being problematic in terms of freedom of expression. It is not considered one of the “world’s enemies of the internet,” and it is at the top of the list of countries in the region that protect individual freedom and freedom of expression.
Dr. Tal Pavel is an expert in the Middle East and Islamic World’s usage of the internet and technology.
This last paragraph is a bit strange. Maybe Kuwait being “at the top of the list of countries in the region that protect individual freedom and freedom of expression” just says something about how utterly horrible other regional dictatorships are; not that Kuwait is not a dictatorship.
Not even the State Department of the USA, key ally of the Arabian peninsula dictatorships, is as “naive” about human rights violations in Kuwait as that last Haaretz paragraph seems to be.
Do you know what stateless (Bidun) means in Kuwait? It means you do not exist! You have no access to public education or health care, no employment in the government sector, and no certificates for marriage, divorce, birth, death and no civil identification papers, driving license, passport, and surely no citizenship! Many of those people have been in the country for three generations, some are the sons and daughters of martyrs – people killed during the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait – yet they are not Kuwaiti and they have no papers: here.
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List of Demolished Mosques by Bahrain regime [chairing @unescoNOW World Heritage Committee session] pictures & videos here.
Bahrain: End Takeover of Lawyers’ Group: here.
Democracy Now! Interview with Toby Jones on Saudi Arabia’s Role in Bahrain and Yemen: here.
Women to Protest Driving Ban in Saudi Arabia: here.
Honk to Support Saudi Women! Here.