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Kuwait: Update to Response to Information Request KWT9373 on the treatment of Palestinians in Kuwait

Publisher Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada
Author Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Canada
Publication Date 1 August 1993
Citation / Document Symbol KWT15120
Cite as Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Kuwait: Update to Response to Information Request KWT9373 on the treatment of Palestinians in Kuwait, 1 August 1993, KWT15120, available at: [accessed 24 May 2016]
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Attached please find seven articles on the treatment of Palestinians in Kuwait during the period August 1991 to June 1993. These articles state that during this period Palestinians residing in Kuwait were subject to ill-treatment including rape, execution, detention without trial, imprisonment, deportation, police harassment and denial of employment and residence visas.

 Country Reports 1992 refers to the "harassment" of Palestinians in Kuwait, including arbitrary arrests, detention by "unidentified Kuwaitis" and deportations. It also refers to government policies to pressure Palestinians to leave Kuwait (1993, 1035-38).

 Amnesty International Report 1993 reports on the detention of Palestinians in Kuwait "on suspicion of collaboration with Iraqi forces during the occupation of Kuwait" (1993, 184). The report also refers to the "disappearance" while in Kuwaiti government custody of a number of foreign nationals, including Palestinians who could have died "under torture or been extrajudicially executed in 1991" (Ibid., 185).

 Additional information on the above subjects is currently unavailable to the DIRB.


Amnesty International. Amnesty International Report 1993. New York: Amnesty International U.S.A.

         Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 1992. 1993. United States Department of State. Washington, DC: United States Government Printing Office.


         The Atlanta Journal and Constitution. 11 August 1991. Jeff Nesmith. "Kuwaiti Palestinians Face Road to Nowhere; Forced Departure Leaves 25,000 Arabs with Few Choices." (NEXIS)

BBC Summary of World Broadcasts. 15 June 1993. "Kuwait: Ten ALF Members Sentenced to Death; ALF Warns Against Implementation of Sentence." (NEXIS)

Inter Press Service. 29 June 1993. Abdelmajid Bejar. "Kuwait: Human Rights Violations Perpetrated Against Palestinians." (NEXIS)

Middle East News Network. 23 August 1991. "Palestinian Children Barred from Kuwait Schools." (NEXIS)

Reuters. 21 December 1991. BC Cycle. Sara El-Gammal. "Kuwaiti Police Crack Down on Palestinians, Jordanians." (NEXIS)

         The Toronto Star. 3 March 1993. Final Edition. Bob Hepburn. "Kuwait's 'Guest' Workers Treated Like Slaves." (NEXIS)

         The Washington Times. 27 May 1992. Final Edition. Sarah Gauch. "Gulf War Left Palestinians as Homeless Casualties." (NEXIS)

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