|Persecution Type:||Islamic oppression|
|Persecution Level:||Very High|
|Leader:||Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah|
There are very few church buildings registered for worship in Kuwait, and it is also difficult to obtain new buildings approved for this purpose. Converts from Islam face pressure from both family members and the local community to recant their Christian faith. Conversion from Islam to another faith is not officially recognized and is likely to lead to legal problems in personal status and property matters. Evangelism is strictly forbidden, as is Christian education and religious literature that is considered offensive to Islam.
Expatriate Christians in Kuwait are relatively free to worship informally. However, the number and size of registered places of worship are not sufficient for the number of people who wish to attend church. Because it’s so difficult to obtain property for gatherings, the management of overstretched church buildings sometimes leads to arguments between different Christian groups.
Those who leave Islam to follow Christ face the most persecution, as they endure pressure from both family members and the local community to recant their Christian faith. They risk discrimination, harassment, police monitoring of their activities, and all sorts of intimidation by vigilante groups.
The government requires Islamic religious instruction for all Muslim pupils in state and private schools. In contrast, teaching Christianity in public schools is prohibited, even to legally recognized Christian groups. More broadly, Christians live under many restrictions. According to Amnesty International, “The authorities continued to unduly restrict the right to freedom of expression, prosecuting and imprisoning government critics and online activists under penal code provisions that criminalized comments deemed offensive to the Emir or damaging to relations with neighboring states.”
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