Tag: Kuwait

Blogger Arrested in Kuwait for Insulting Prophet Muhammad on Twitter

Sara Al-Drees, a 28-year-old Kuwaiti blogger and teacher, was arrested on dawn of 23 November at Kuwait International Airport upon arrival from overseas. Her arrest followed an arrest warrant issued against her by the public prosecution, after a lawyer had filed a complaint earlier this month claiming that Al-Drees insulted Prophet Muhammad on her Twitter account. Al-Drees, who teaches high-school students about human…

Kuwaiti Blogger Sentenced to 4 Years in Prison for Offending Saudi Arabia on Twitter

Hamid Buyabes, a Kuwaiti journalist and blogger, was sentenced on November 23 to four years in jail with hard labour for insulting Saudi Arabia on his Twitter account. The blogger was accused by the Public Prosecution in Kuwait of “taking a hostile action against Saudi Arabia through the post without seeking official permission from the government”. According to Arab Times, Buyabes’ tweets were found…

Kuwait Hands Three-Year Jail Term to Female Kuwaiti Activist for Criticising Emir

Rana Jasem Al-Sadoun, a prominent Kuwaiti activist, has been given a three-year sentence for publicly criticizing the oil-rich country’s Emir. Based in Lebanon, she was convicted in absentia. She is the latest activist in a string of convictions against those accused of insulting the country’s leader. While the small country on the Persian Gulf is seen as more moderate than…