Target: Prime Minister Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah
Goal: Revoke law restricting access to the internet in Kuwait
A new law passed in Kuwait gives the government the ability to block websites, completely deny access to the Internet and revoke or deny licenses for telecommunications providers. This law also established the Commission for Mass Communications and Information Technology (CMCIT), a body that would be in charge of imposing penalties on those who violate the restrictive terms of this new law. Kuwaiti officials must immediately revoke this law and allow free access to information for the Kuwaiti people.
The law, Communication law 37/2014, would imprison or fine those who create or send “immoral” messages. It would also punish the companies that provided the platform for those messages to be sent. What’s more, the judicial branch cannot review the decisions made by the CMCIT. These new regulations established by Communication law 37/2014 are violations of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which Kuwait is a party. The suppression of human rights can only be justified in extreme situations. None of the laws imposed by Communication law 37/2014 can be warranted.
Kuwait has long been viewed as one of the most tolerant of the Gulf states. However, recent political unrest has caused the government to slowly chip away at human rights in the country. Freedom of speech, association, and assembly have all suffered due to legislation passed over the last couple years. This new law must be revoked to halt the progression toward total repression of human rights. Sign this petition to urge the Kuwaiti government to act.
Dear Prime Minister Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah,
Communication law 37/2014 will severely restrict access to information for the citizens of your country—a clear violation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which Kuwait is a party. This will have impact Kuwait socially, economically and politically. I ask that you do the right thing in this situation and strike down this restrictive law.
Kuwait has long been viewed as one of the most tolerant of the Gulf states. However, recent political unrest has caused your government to slowly chip away at human rights in the country. Freedom of speech, association, and assembly have all suffered due to the passing of recent legislation. Please halt Kuwait’s progression toward the total denial of human rights by doing everything in your power to revoke Communication law 37/2014.
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