The country carried out a crackdown against LGBT Kuwaitis and foreign nationals in the past, including a sweep that resulted in more than 200 arrests in 2013. Kuwait’s health ministry claimed to be developing a “gay detector test” meant to keep LGBT people out of the country, and MPs rallied against Amnesty International for protecting LGBT people who one former MP said harbored “deviant behavior and attitudes undermine and destroy humanity.”I will not go so far as to say "they made their own bed" as numerous comments scattered throughout the inter-web imply, but I will question their judgement - maybe they thought it couldn't happen to them. Either way, two "wrongs" do not make this situation palatable.
The U.S. government wasn’t aware of the arrests until Jackson reached out to the U.S. embassy in Kuwait to advocate for the release of Coverson and her partner.Enclosed is a link to the Change.org petition being sent to President Obama.
“The U.S. embassy didn’t even know she was sentenced until I contacted them,” she said, expressing disappointment. “I thought they are supposed to visit U.S. citizens whenever they are in captivity.”
An American Couple Has Been Sentenced To 20 Years In A Kuwaiti Prison. Is It Because They're Gay? | ThinkProgress