Un­der­stand­ing Kuwait’s Laws

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL - By At­tor­ney Fa­jer Ahmed

The le­gal sys­tem in Kuwait is more pro­gressed than peo­ple seem to think. Even though the con­sti­tu­tion was writ­ten more than half a cen­tury ago in 1961, it clearly pro­tects the rights of peo­ple by stat­ing prin­ci­ples like “All peo­ple are equal in hu­man dig­nity, and in pub­lic rights and du­ties be­fore the law, with­out dis­tinc­tion as to race, ori­gin, lan­guage or re­li­gion” in Ar­ti­cle 29, and also stat­ing clearly in ar­ti­cle 35 that “Free­dom of be­lief is ab­so­lute.” The list of rights and free­doms in the Kuwaiti Con­sti­tu­tion goes on to pro­tect our free­dom of speech, our right to a free trial and so on.

When you read the Con­sti­tu­tion you would think that peo­ple liv­ing in Kuwait are liv­ing a sim­ple life. But that’s far from the case. For the past two years, ever since I started writ­ing le­gal ar­ti­cles for the pub­lic, not a day has passed with­out me re­ceiv­ing an email seek­ing an an­swer to a com­pli­cated le­gal in­quiry, about what seems to be a sim­ple day-to-day task. Many of th­ese queries are due sim­ply to a lack of un­der­stand­ing the law and reg­u­la­tions. Sadly, the large English-speak­ing com­mu­nity in Kuwait has no direct ac­cess to the leg­is­la­tion and rules in sim­ple English writ­ing.

This, in re­turn, has made them vul­ner­a­ble, com­pli­cat­ing their visa sta­tus, their re­la­tion­ships with their land­lord, em­ployer and other en­ti­ties in Kuwait. This is why I am ec­static to be writ­ing for the Kuwait Times. I hope to an­swer all the most press­ing ques­tions re­gard­ing le­gal mat­ters and cre­ate a real aware­ness about the law and read­ers’ le­gal rights writ­ten in a man­ner that is ac­ces­si­ble and un­der­stand­able to ev­ery­one.

Al­though I won’t be able to an­swer all the ques­tions that I re­ceive, I prom­ise to help ev­ery­one in any way that I can. I will also an­swer the most com­mon ques­tions pub­licly so that the most amount of peo­ple could ben­e­fit.

Please email me at ask@fa­jerthelawyer.com if you have any le­gal ques­tions or con­cerns that you would like an­swered.

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