In October 2012, according to Kuwaiti activists there are at least eleven transgender people being held in prison awaiting trial, six of them arrested in the last two weeks for “imitating the opposite sex” [R1.2].
In June 2008, in an attempt to ‘protect its youth’ the Kuwaiti government reportedly was stepping up a campaign to ‘rid’ the country of gay and transexual citizens [R1.1].
December 2007, Kuwait’s parliament passed a law that criminalised “imitating the appearance of the opposite sex”.
The amendment states that “any person committing an indecent act in a public place, or imitating the appearance of a member of the opposite sex, shall be subject to imprisonment for a period not exceeding one year or a fine” [R1.1].
Kuwait does not allow transgender people to change their legal identity to match the gender in which they live or to adapt their physical appearance through gender reassignment surgery [R1.1].