Lift Ban on Peaceful Protest in Kuwait

Target: Matthew H. Tueller, U.S. Ambassador to Kuwait

Goal: Lift ban on peaceful protest regarding unfair changes to electoral procedure

Kuwait has officially banned peaceful protests and has used riot police, teargas, and stun grenades to break up demonstrations that are guaranteed in the country’s constitution. Protests have broken out across the small desert country after the ruling Emir, who has been in a constant struggle for power with the country’s democratically-elected parliament, has made public his intentions to change the electoral procedure. The protesters contend that the change is a way for the government to consolidate power and bypass a true democratic election. With this implementation of martial law, it seems that the protesters are correct.

The country has been known to be one of the most lenient of the Arab nations in terms of human rights and has not been subject to the uprisings of Arab Spring like many other nations in the region. But this blatant slap in the face to the rights of its people proves that Kuwait is far from a progressively-minded haven of free speech. A country’s true test of freedom is when the majority disagrees with the government and takes to the street. The Kuwaiti Government has shown its true colors by brutalizing its citizens simply for expressing their dissatisfaction for unjust government policies.

As an ally of Kuwait, the United States is just as responsible for this abomination as the Emir if it stands back and allows it to continue. The U.S. has always claimed that it is a bastion for free speech and democracy and has even used this as a reason to war on several nations. There has never been a clearer stand against democracy than this ban on protest in Kuwait. If the U.S. wishes to actually live up to its self-proclaimed reputation as defenders of freedom, a stand must be taken right now. The United States, in the form of the U.S. delegate to Kuwait, must demand that the government allow its citizens to protest peacefully no matter how inconvenient it is for the ruling regime.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Ambassador Tueller,

As a representative of the United States, how can you sit back and allow an outright ban on peaceful protest in the very country you are delegate to? The U.S. and all countries that tout themselves as democracies must allow peaceful dissent among their people if they wish to remain democracies. This new policy of martial law in Kuwait against anyone who publicly protests the government goes against everything your country claims to stand for.

If you stand back and allow this violation of freedom to continue, it brings serious doubt to the necessity of your position. Are you solely in Kuwait to mediate trade deals and avoid even the slightest controversy or are you there to truly represent the United States and all it stands for? Your lack of action is yet another reason for the American people and the rest of the world to doubt that the U.S. cares about freedom at all. You must take a stand and demand that Kuwait allow peaceful protest once again.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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