Justice for Maha Almutairi

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Abolish Article 198 From Kuwait's Penal Code 

Maha Almutairi is the first transgender Kuwaiti women to talk about how they treat LGBT people in Kuwait. She has been put in men's jail multiple times for her identity (being a transgender woman) and was raped, sexually assaulted, physically abused, and beaten by the police. She was threatened if she speaks out about it they would imprison her again. Please do not let her name go down in vain. #JusticeForMahaAlmutairi. (Kuwait City) - The Kuwaiti police have tortured and sexually Abused a transgender woman using a discriminatory law, passed in 2007, which arbitrarily criminalizes "imitating the opposite sex,” Human rights watch said in a report released today. The Kuwaiti government should repeal the law, article 198 as amended in 2007, and hold police officers accountable for misconduct.

A week ago Maha was bailed out of her "misuse of a cellphone" crime and the charges of cross-dressing and "imitating the other sex" were dropped thanks to the activism and her lawyer sheikha. Maha is safe & sound at home (for the moment) according to her lawyer @shaikha_salmeen, yet we're are wanting to know more details about grounds of her judgment as we request a formal investigation to the incident and hold the police officers accountable for misconduct and abuse of power if proven guilty.

Nofocaty is one of Maha's friends, and she is another transgender woman in Kuwait who was tortured, raped by the same cops, and imprisoned in men's prison repeatedly since 2014. She took her life away earlier in 2020 after getting out of jail where she was brutally assaulted. The Kuwaiti media did not report her story and tried to cover it up, so I ask all of you the free people of the world please support them you are their voice.

Article 198 criminalizes “imitations” of the opposite sex and is used to limit gender expression by LGBT people with fines and or imprisonment. It goes against the Kuwaiti constitution founded by the Father of Democracy in Kuwait Sheikh Abdullah Al-Salem Al-Sabah the eleventh Emir (ruler) of Kuwait.

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“No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.” – Martin Luther King Jr.