Perspectives on Kuwait A Pictorial Essay. _______________________. Geoff Dougherty Professor of Physics California State University – Channel Islands. Quick lesson in Arabic. Kuwait and its neighbors. Kuwait. Kuwait City. 1991: Relief of liberation. 1992: damage apparent.
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Professor of Physics
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Qur'an2:228And it is for the women to act as they (the husbands) act by them, in all fairness; but the men are a step above them.
Qur'an4:34Men are in charge of women, because Allah hath made the one of them to excel the other, and because they spend of their property (for the support of women). So good women are the obedient, guarding in secret that which Allah hath guarded. As for those from whom ye fear rebellion, admonish them and banish them to beds apart, and scourge them. Then if they obey you, seek not a way against them. Lo! Allah is ever High, Exalted, Great.Women
Islam is the only religion in the World which does not give freedom to its followers to change their faith. According to Shariah Laws, Muslims who leave Islam must be sentenced to death.
But if they turn renegades, seize them and slay them wherever ye find them (Quran 4:89)
….for the Prophet said, If somebody (a Muslim) discards his religion, kill him . (Hadith – alBukhari 4:52:260))
…according to the statement of Allah's Apostle, 'Whoever changed his Islamic religion, then kill him.' (Hadith –AlBukhari 9:84:57)Persecution of Ex-Muslims
Although abuse was prevalent before the Iraqi occupation, freedom to its followers to change their faith. 25 the treatment of Asian maids took a turn for the worse following liberation,26 a trend now acknowledged by Kuwaiti officials.27 Every year since liberation, over 2,000 Asian maids have sought shelter in their embassies. Most who fled their employers complained of rape, physical abuse, mistreatment or non-payment of wages, according to information we obtained from foreign embassies in Kuwait, Kuwaiti government officials, journalists, U.S. State Department officials and others.
In April 1995 over 200 maids were sheltered at the Philippines embassy, 150 at the Sri Lankan embassy and smaller numbers at other embassies. Without offering alternative shelters, the Kuwaiti government repeatedly asked embassies not to offer refuge to runaway maids.
Prompted by reports of abuse in Kuwait, the Philippines government banned Filipinas from going to work in Kuwait as maids. Nonetheless, many Filipinas still travel to Kuwait to work as housemaids, although some are lured by false promises of other kinds of jobs.
The government improved its human rights record by granting women the right to vote; however, serious problems remained. The following human rights problems were reported:
• Most Kuwaitis do not support Islamic fundamentalists …. but there is little tolerance for other religions …
• There is an underclass of exploited foreign labor ...
• Kuwaiti women struggle to assume a
greater role outside the home …