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Oct. 18, 2019, 3:05 p.m.
Countries: Belize, Benin, Botswana, Brunei, Central African Rep, Comoros, D R Congo, Gambia, Haiti, Iran, Japan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Maldives, Mali, Nigeria, Oman, Papua New Guinea, Qatar, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Swaziland, Vanuatu, Yemen
Variables: GP-SCALE-2

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Oct. 18, 2019, 12:59 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan, Albania, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Bhutan, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burma/Myanmar, Canada, Cape Verde, Central African Rep, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cote D'Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Estonia, Finland, France, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Guatemala, Guinea, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lesotho, Liberia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Mongolia, Montenegro, Namibia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Norway, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Trinidad/Tobago, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela
Variables: ERBG-SCALE-1

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Oct. 16, 2019, 10:40 a.m.
Countries: Kuwait
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"The 2013 anti-trafficking law criminalized sex trafficking and labor trafficking and prescribed penalties of up to 15 years’ imprisonment for offenses involving an adult male victim and up to life imprisonment for those involving an adult female or child victim. These penalties were sufficiently stringent and, with regard to sex trafficking, commensurate with those prescribed for other serious crimes, such as rape" (288),
Oct. 16, 2019, 10:40 a.m.
Countries: Kuwait
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-3

"Beyond the repatriation and transition assistance, MOI and PAM provided for more than 300 foreign domestic workers who were trafficking victims during the reporting period, the DLD provided repatriation assistance for 120 female domestic workers who fled exploitative employers. The government allowed victims residing in its shelter to either change sponsors or be repatriated to their country of origin once their residency status was resolved or pending the resolution of a legal case, without respective sponsor approval. It did not report deporting those who faced retaliation or retribution in their respective home countries. Rather, the government allowed all trafficking victims to change employers and maintain residence in Kuwait or otherwise...more
Oct. 16, 2019, 10:37 a.m.
Countries: Kuwait
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-2

"As reported over the past five years, human traffickers exploit foreign victims in Kuwait. Men and women migrate primarily from South and Southeast Asia, Egypt, and the Middle East, to work predominantly in the domestic service, construction, hospitality, and sanitation sectors, and the vast majority arrive voluntarily (...) Many workers report experiencing work conditions substantially different from those described in the contract. In addition, previous sources report runaway domestic workers are sometimes exploited in sex trafficking by agents or criminals, who manipulate their illegal status" (290-291).
Oct. 16, 2019, 10:37 a.m.
Countries: Kuwait
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"The Government of Kuwait does not fully meet the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking but is making significant efforts to do so. The government demonstrated overall increasing efforts compared to the previous reporting period; therefore Kuwait was upgraded to Tier 2. The government demonstrated overall increasing efforts by deploying its specialized trafficking unit to initiate more criminal investigations of potential trafficking crimes and more prosecutions under the anti-trafficking law. It referred significantly more potential trafficking victims for protective services, operationalized its central recruitment agency in an attempt to hire and better safeguard the rights of hundreds of domestic workers, and increased enforcement of its domestic worker law. However,...more
Sept. 20, 2019, 10:37 a.m.
Countries: Afghanistan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Brunei, Burma/Myanmar, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Rep, Chad, Colombia, Congo, Cote D'Ivoire, D R Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, El Salvador, Eritrea, Gabon, Gambia, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, India, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mexico, Morocco, Niger, Nigeria, North Korea, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Africa, South Korea, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Swaziland, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Yemen, Zimbabwe
Variables: MULTIVAR-SCALE-1

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June 25, 2019, 8:40 p.m.
Countries: Kuwait
Variables: LRW-LAW-4

"The penal code allows for a rapist to elude punishment on the condition that he marry his victim and her guardian consents that the perpetrator not be punished" (p. 20).
June 25, 2019, 8:40 p.m.
Countries: Kuwait
Variables: LRW-LAW-1, LRW-LAW-2

"Rape carries a maximum penalty of death, which the courts occasionally imposed for the crime" (p. 20).
June 25, 2019, 8:40 p.m.
Countries: Kuwait
Variables: IAW-LAW-1

"A non-Muslim woman who does not convert to the religion of her husband is also ineligible for naturalization as a citizen and cannot inherit her husband’s property unless specified as a beneficiary in his will" (p. 21).
June 25, 2019, 8:40 p.m.
Countries: Kuwait
Variables: VOTE-LAW-1

"Women gained the right to vote in 2005" (p. 17).
June 25, 2019, 8:40 p.m.
Countries: Kuwait
Variables: CLCC-LAW-1

"Citizenship derives entirely from the father; children born to citizen mothers and noncitizen fathers do not inherit citizenship unless the mother is divorced or widowed from the noncitizen father and may then facilitate the child’s application for citizenship" (p. 22).
June 25, 2019, 8:40 p.m.
Countries: Kuwait
Variables: ATDW-LAW-5

"A woman may petition for divorce based on injury from spousal abuse, but the law does not provide a clear legal standard regarding what constitutes injury" (p. 20).
June 25, 2019, 8:40 p.m.
Countries: Kuwait
Variables: DSFMF-LAW-1

"The law states that a man who sees his wife, daughter, mother, or sister in the “act of adultery” and immediately kills her or the man with whom she is committing adultery faces a maximum punishment of three years’ imprisonment and a fine of 225 dinars ($743)" (p. 20).
June 25, 2019, 8:40 p.m.
Countries: Kuwait
Variables: VOTE-DATA-2

"Women voted at a higher rate than men, having registered at 52.4 percent versus 47.6 percent" (p. 17).
June 25, 2019, 8:40 p.m.
Countries: Kuwait
Variables: ERBG-DATA-2

"According to government statistics submitted to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women meeting in Geneva in November, women represented… a total female workforce participation rate of 56 percent" (p. 30).
June 25, 2019, 8:40 p.m.
Countries: Kuwait
Variables: CUST-LAW-1

"In the event of a divorce, the law grants the father or his family sole custody of children of non-Muslim women who do not convert" (p. 21).
June 25, 2019, 8:40 p.m.
Countries: Kuwait
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

"There were reports alleging that some police stations did not take seriously reports by both citizens and noncitizens of rape and domestic violence" (p. 20).
June 25, 2019, 8:40 p.m.
Countries: Kuwait
Variables: LBHO-LAW-1

"Women were granted the right to vote and run for office in 2005" (p. 17).
June 25, 2019, 8:40 p.m.
Countries: Kuwait
Variables: AFE-LAW-1

"Education for citizens is free through the university level and compulsory through the secondary level. Education is neither free nor compulsory for noncitizens" (p. 22).
June 25, 2019, 8:40 p.m.
Countries: Kuwait
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The legal marriage age is 17 for boys and 15 for girls, but girls continued to marry at a younger age in some tribal groups" (p. 22).
June 25, 2019, 8:40 p.m.
Countries: Kuwait
Variables: DV-LAW-3

"A woman must provide at least two male witnesses (or a male witness and two female witnesses) to attest to such injury" (p. 20).
June 25, 2019, 8:40 p.m.
Countries: Kuwait
Variables: LRCM-LAW-2, DV-LAW-1

"Spousal rape and domestic violence are not considered crimes" (p. 20).
June 25, 2019, 8:40 p.m.
Countries: Kuwait
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"There were no known shelters specifically for victims of domestic violence" (p. 20).
June 25, 2019, 8:40 p.m.
Countries: Kuwait
Variables: CLCW-LAW-1

"A non-Muslim woman who does not convert to the religion of her husband is also ineligible for naturalization as a citizen" (p. 21).
June 25, 2019, 8:40 p.m.
Countries: Kuwait
Variables: PRN-LAW-1

"There are no laws specific to child pornography, because all pornography is illegal" (p. 23).
June 25, 2019, 8:40 p.m.
Countries: Kuwait
Variables: FSCB-PRACTICE-1

"There were no reports of coerced abortion, involuntary sterilization, or other coercive population control methods" (p. 21).
June 25, 2019, 8:40 p.m.
Countries: Kuwait
Variables: DV-DATA-1

"The government does not publish statistics on violence against women. During the year a Kuwait University study found that 40 percent of married women were victims of domestic violence" (p. 20).
June 25, 2019, 8:40 p.m.
Countries: Kuwait
Variables: LBHO-DATA-1

"In the 2016 elections, 15 women filed candidate applications. One candidate withdrew resulting in 14 women standing for election with one woman successfully winning a seat… there is currently only one elected woman and two appointed women cabinet members in the country’s 65-seat parliament of which 15 seats are held ex-officio for cabinet members" (p. 17).
June 25, 2019, 8:40 p.m.
Countries: Kuwait
Variables: ERBG-LAW-2, IIP-LAW-2

"No specific law addresses sexual harassment, but the law criminalizes 'encroachment on honor,' which encompasses everything from touching a woman against her will to rape, and police strictly enforced this law. The government deployed female police officers specifically to combat sexual harassment in shopping malls and other public spaces. Perpetrators of sexual harassment and assault faced fines and imprisonment" (p. 20 - 21).