Human rights activist and academic charged with blasphemy in Kuwait

Sheikha al-Jassem, a prominent female academic and human rights activist in Kuwait, has been charged with blasphemy after complaints were filed against her over an interview she gave on television.


Al-Jassem on Kuwaiti Al-Shahed TV said that the constitution of Kuwait should be above the Quran and Islamic law in governing the country.


The show, which was centered around the rise of Islamic extremism, led to a line of questioning at which time al-Jassem responded to questions about radical Islamists who said that religion was more important than the Kuwaiti constitution. Al-Jassem said that politics and religion should be separated, kept apart.


The country’s public prosecutor has not said whether  al-Jassem will be put on trial.


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