KUWAIT : Member of the Islamic Constitutional Movement and MP Duaij Al-Shimmari in reply to a proposal by the human rights organization to do away with the law which forbids men behaving as women and vice-versa quoting the Holy Quran said, ‘Non-believers have their religion and we have ours’, reports Al-Rai daily. Al-Shimmari’s remarks came after the Human Rights Watch on Friday called on Kuwait to release from prison 14 men jailed for having dressed as women. Al-Shimmari added Kuwait, as people and government, does not wish that any person or organization interfere in our beliefs and traditions. He clarified Islam bans such behavior and went on to say “We will not allow anyone to interfere with our religious beliefs.”
He added the law is approved by the Parliament with the blessing of HH the Amir and it must be respected. Salafist MP Dr Ali Al-Omair accused the human rights organization of luring other nations to practice vice and lewdness in the name of personal freedom. He said such freedom does not bode well with the principles of Islamic Sharia. He asked if it is reasonable for a society to accept marriages between persons of the same gender.
Meanwhile, government recently refused to answer seven questions from a number of MPs because they are not within the jurisdiction of the Constitutional Court Law, Al-Watan quoted a source as saying. The questions stood in the name of three MPs, namely MP Mishari Al-Anjari, Hussain Mizyed and Ali Al-Rashid. The source added the question of MP Mishari about the vision of the Supreme Judicial Council is not a parliamentary question and therefore asked him to direct it to the appropriate authority. Another question which stood in the name of MP Mizyed concerning the reforms in the Ministry of Education and Higher Education was also regarded as “irreverent”, whilst that of MP Al-Rashid concerning the sea front project has already been directed to the appropriate authority which is Minister of Municipality Mussa Al-Sarraf, the source concluded.