Kuwaiti MP warns govt against neglecting rights of Shias
By: Sultan Ahmed
KUWAIT CITY: A Shia member of Kuwaiti Parliament
Saleh Ashour said we will hold street demonstrations if the
government continues neglecting the rights of shia community
in the country.
He was talking to participants of a seminar on the
consequences of the approval of Zakat Law organized by the
Future Cultural Society with Judge Adel Al-Khudari in
Indicating HH the Amir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah
has never mentioned Zakat Law, Ashour said HH the Amir had
repeatedly emphasized that “Kuwait is for everybody”. He urged
the government to reject Zakat Law in respect of HH the Amir’s
words warning that approval of Zakat Law will undermine
“Passage of anti-minority laws in the Parliament will force us
to voice out our objections through demonstrations and we will
exhaust all legal means including the media to oppose such
laws,” says Ashour.
Ashour added implementing the law at the expense of the
minority only proves that the government has disregarded
democracy and seems to be leaning towards autocratic rule.
The government has committed a grave mistake with the approval
of the law and has deprived shias of their rights.
According to official records Shias are one third of the
He appealed to the majority to respect minority opinion for
the welfare of the country. He also criticized the Islamic
Bloc for prioritizing Zakat Law over writing off the loans of
citizens indicating the Bloc even issued a Fatwa prohibiting
the cancellation of any kind of loans. Citizens, who voted for
pro-reform MPs, have started doubting motives of these MPs
when they passed Zakat Law in spite of warnings from
constitutional experts that the law is against the
Constitution, he said.
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