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U.S. State Department’s Religious Freedom Report

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This week the U.S. Department of State released their 2011 International Religious Freedom Report. The report covers 199 countries and territories. Go to the report here and use the “Go to a Country Report” drop-down box to begin searching reports from specific countries. The reports tell what religions people in the country follow, what the laws of the country say about religious freedom, and whether or not there are abuses of religious freedom in that country.

See the “Countries” section on this site or the “Restricted Nations” section at Persecution.com for further information about selected countries.


Kuwait

Kuwait

Kuwait

RESTRICTED

Capital
Kuwait City

Size
Slightly smaller than New Jersey.

Main Languages
Arabic and English

Time
At 6:00 a.m. U.S. Central Standard Time, it is 2:00 p.m. in Ethiopia.

History
Britain helped lead Kuwait until 1961 when the country became fully independent. Kuwait has become rich from oil. Iraq attacked Kuwait in 1990. Soldiers led by U.S. forces freed Kuwait from Iraq’s control in 1991.

 

Religion
Mostly Muslim.

Persecution
Only Muslims can become citizens of Kuwait.  Christians may not share the gospel with Muslims. Some churches are not allowed to have signs or crosses on the outside of their property, and they cannot ring bells outside. It is illegal to possess pork products because Muslims do not eat pork. It is against the law for Muslim women to marry non-Muslim men.