Independent issues grovelling apology to Kuwaiti strongman

Sheikh Nasser: we apologise for publication of defamatory allegations

“We published an article on 18 April 2016 under the heading “Queen’s birthday: the seven dictators and leaders with poor human rights records greeted by Elizabeth II” which wrongly stated that His Highness Sheikh Nasser al Mohammed Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah was one of the world’s most feared dictators and a leader with a poor human rights record, that he was associated with or personally responsible for numerous and consistent human rights abuses, that he is comparable to dictators like Robert Mugabe and that he was therefore not an appropriate or acceptable individual for the Queen to have met. Our article was not only wrong but was grossly defamatory of His Highness Sheikh Nasser and caused serious damage to his reputation by purporting to doubt his integrity and his respect for human rights.”

Kuwait country report – Voice of the Martyrs

Kuwait has a relatively liberal Islamic regime. Kuwaiti citizens are nearly all Muslim, with the exception of about 100 to 200 Christians and a few Baha’i. The expatriate population includes 450,000 Christians, 400,000 Hindus and 100,000 Buddhists. The state religion is Sunni Islam, and Shariah (Islamic law) has a strong influence. Human trafficking is a major problem in the country.

Evangelism to Kuwaitis is forbidden. Kuwaitis who openly convert to Christianity face harassment and arrest, but more underground church members are making their faith public. Foreign Christians have the freedom to live and work in Kuwait, but they must worship within enclosed compounds, and no new land is being released for church buildings. Only Muslims may become citizens. House churches exist, and Bibles can be sold legally. As recently as three years ago, there were only a handful of Kuwaiti believers, but now there is a small, growing community of indigenous believers. Some are very bold in sharing their faith.

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We should have let Saddam have them.