Kuwaiti Police Humiliate Arrested Migrants
The migrants' faces in these images above are blurred by Migrant-Rights.org.
Local Kuwaiti media largely failed to pick up the story, despite its wide circulation; only one column in the al-Jardia newspaper referenced the scandal, without mention of any significant details. The Kuwaiti media's silence of these abuses is unsurprising, as portrayals of migrants are not often limited to their criminality rather than their victimization.
Police have an obligation to protect citizens and migrants without discrimination, yet regularly become the perpetuators of abuse themselves. The right to redress and accessibility to legal avenues is codified in international instruments ratified by Kuwait, but migrants are resigned to fear authority, and cannot rely on them when reporting employer abuse or other crimes. With little hope in recourse for abuse, migrants may be forced to remain in situations of forced labor, or absconding from employers and entering the informal, more vulnerable employment -- a 'crime' in itself which may itself lead to arrest and further police abuse.