Kuwait Cracks Down on Travestites

The Kuwait government, acting on a new law added to its already repessive dress code, began arresting tranvestites who were in violation of new regulations which criminalize cross dressing. The law states: “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 fine not exceeding one thousand dinars($3,500). The police did not waste any time in executing the law’s provisions.

Fourteen people were arrested in the initial round up and reports indicate at least three were beaten by the police. Human Rights Watch insists the law “violates basic rights to privacy and free expression, and those continuing arrests show why it should be repealed.”

What can one say about such laws. They have no place in any society which respects the rights of people to express themselves in non-violent ways.