Kuwait - Latest Publications

On 19 October 2016, the Speaker of Kuwait's National Assembly, Marzouq Al-Ghanim, disclosed information according to which the Emir of Kuwait agreed to put Law No. 78/2015 on compulsory DNA collection, in line with the Kuwaiti Constitution in order to respect the right to privacy. The Emir requested the Parliament to reconsider the scope of the law with the view of imposing compulsory DNA collection to criminal suspects only, instead of all Kuwaiti citizens and residents as it was initially envisioned. Alkarama welcomes the decision of the Emir, which reflects the recommendations made in its report to the Human Rights Committee (HRCtee) during the third periodic review of the situation of human rights in Kuwait, held on 15 July 2016.

Kuwait: UN Committee Against Torture Issues its Conclusion After Country’s Review

Kuwait: Human Rights Committee Issues its Concluding Observations on the Situation of Civil and Political Rights in the Country

Kuwait - HR Instruments

International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR)

ICCPR: Accessed on 21.05.1996
Optional Protocol: No

State report: Due 02.11.2014 (3rd)
Last concluding observations: 22.12.2011

Convention against Torture (CAT)

CAT: Accessed on 08.03.1996
Optional Protocol: No
Art. 20 (Confidential inquiry): No
Art. 22 (Individual communications): No

Next State report: Due on 03.06.2015 (3rd)
Last concluding observations: 28.06.2011

International Convention for the Protection of all Persons from Enforced Disappearance (CED)


Universal Periodic Review (UPR)

Last review: 05.2010 (1st cycle)
Next review: 2015 (2nd cycle)

National Human Rights Institution (NHRI)