Wednesday, March 02, 2005

Kuwait Restricts Fundraising by Islamic Charities

In a bid to keep money out of the hands of terrorists, the Kuwaiti government has placed new restrictions on cash donations to Islamic charities. From Middle East Online:
KUWAIT CITY - Islamic charities in Kuwait have been ordered to shut down hundreds of charity collection boxes in a bid to better control fund-raising, a minister said in remarks published Wednesday.

US ambassador Richard LeBaron urged Kuwait last month to exercise more control on charity fund-raising and money transfers in a bid to drain sources of terrorism funding.

In the aftermath of the attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001, US-ally Kuwait has taken a series of measures to regulate fund-raising by charities, including a ban on collecting cash donations.
Kuwait has had great success in stifling terrorist activity in recent weeks.