Kuwait: Fifteen Bedoon activists on hunger strike in the Public Prison
According to reliable reports received by the Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR), 15 activists from the Bedoon community currently detained in Kuwait’s Public Prison on charges related to peaceful assembly began a hunger strike at 11 am on 22 August 2019.
The 15 activists are demanding their immediate and unconditional release, that charges against them be dropped and that the civil and human rights of the Bedoon community in Kuwait be respected.
The 15 activists held in the Public Prison are: Abdulhakim Al-Fadhli, Ahmed Al-Onan, Awad Al-Onan, Abdullah Al-Fadhli, Mutaib Al-Onan, Mohammed Khudair Al-Anzi, Yousif Al-Osmi, Nawaf Al-Bader, Hamid Jamil, Yousif Al-Bashig, Jarallah Al-Fadhli, Ahmed Shaya Al-Anzi, Hamoud Al-Rabah, Khalifa Al-Anzi and Reda Al-Fadhli.
The Public Prison is intended for prisoners charged with misdemeanors as well as for those who are detained for all ongoing cases, whether misdemeanors or felonies, and once they are sentenced to imprisonment for felony charges, they are transferred to the Central Prison.
The Public Prison has six wards and each has four cells, in which 22 prisoners are placed. The cell is approximately 50 square meters and has a small kitchenette and two toilets. Prisoners suffer because they cannot sleep regularly in an overcrowded cell where the lights remain on for most of the day.
GCHR reiterates calls for the Kuwaiti authorities to immediately and unconditionally release the 15 Bedoon activists, and to stop arresting people in violation of their right to freedom of expression and assembly. GCHR further calls for the activists on hunger strike to be given proper medical care and for their prison conditions to be improved.
For more information please refer to our 15 August 2019 appeal at: https://www.gc4hr.org/news/view/2187