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Recent cases of abuse in Kuwait

On January 8, 2012

Several cases of violence against migrants in Kuwait have been documented in the past few weeks.

In late December, a maid was found hanging in her sponsor's home. In January, three migrants committed suicide. One maid hung herself inside her room. A man also hung himself in his room. Another maid poisoned herself by consuming insecticide. Suicide is often the last resort for abused migrants who feel they have no other escape.

On New Years Eve, a Kuwaiti woman was charged for beating her maid to death.

Police investigations for each case are still in progress.

Migrant abuse represents a perpetual pattern in Kuwait. Measures are sometimes taken against specific instances of abuse, but there are rarely any attempts to address the chronic mistreatment of migrants.