The state of Kuwait’s labor law is often in the headlines for the wrong reasons. Migrant workers have difficulty finding safe work environments. There are little or no laws to protect migrant laborers. Human trafficking and forced labor without pay are common threats a migrant laborer will face in this country. Almost 80% of Kuwait’s workforce comprises foreign migrant workers. Despite new law reforms, cases of physical abuse, illegal detention, and starvation still exist.
Pray for the labor laws in Kuwait to be more effective. Pray for authorities to remain impartial and take action against abusive employers (The Bible, Proverbs 29:7).
Pray for safer work environments for household workers and maids in Kuwait (The Bible, Psalm 5:11).
Kuwait is an Arabian state that sits at the edge of the Eastern Coast of the Arabian Peninsula. Less than 18,000 sq km, Kuwait was instrumental in forming the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) to thwart Iranian influence in the region. Although Kuwait supported Iraq during its war against Iran, border disputes, and political reasons, Iraq invaded Kuwait in 1990. The country’s liberation resulted from a UN-backed Coalition army led by the US in Operation Desert Storm. Kuwaiti women have the right to vote and be elected to office. Although Open Doors does not rank Kuwait in the persecution index, conversion to Christianity remains outlawed. Moreover, the democratic process in Kuwait continues to be a power struggle between the Emir-favored government and the opposition.