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Kuwait

RegionMiddle East
Sources of PersecutionIslamic Oppression
Population4,100,000
Christian Population349,000
ReligionsIslam
GovernmentConstitutional Monarchy
LeaderEmir Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah
Score57/100

Kuwait

Kuwait: Diminishing Religious Freedom. 
Kuwait is a small Islamic country with a struggling democracy. Extremism and an aggressive attitude towards the West have been growing. Since the Gulf War, Kuwait has become a more conservative Islamic society. It has a wide range of rules for personal, family and community life. The constitution provides for religious freedom as long as it doesn’t violate established customs, public policy or morals. It is not allowed to evangelise to Muslims. Christian publishing houses are not permitted. Religious education for religions other than Islam is prohibited.

Restrictive New Laws. 
Islamists constitute a third of the Kuwait parliament. Laws have been introduced to restrict the construction of churches. Many churches exist in Kuwait, though they are mostly rented villas and apartments converted into churches. The authorities tightened restrictions on freedom of expression. More restrictive blasphemy legislation has been introduced. A new cybercrime law was introduced to quash government opposition and online critics. The government also adopted a law requiring all citizens to provide DNA samples on anti-terrorism grounds.

Internal Tensions. 
The government has been using the conservative tribal community to eliminate the liberal and leftist groups. In the process, religious minorities, including Christians, have been severely affected. Security forces suppress public gatherings. Among Kuwaiti citizens there are rifts between the Sunni Muslim majority and the Shia minority, as well as between urban and tribal Kuwaitis. Migrant workers face inadequate protection against exploitation and abuse. Islamic State (IS) also receives support from parts of Kuwaiti society. This is creating a toxic environment for religious minorities.

Pray for Kuwait

Pray for Christians affected by government tensions and oppressive laws.

Pray for churches to be protected and nurtured.

Pray for Christianity in Kuwait to grow and flourish.