Kuwait: Blogger Musaed Al-Mesaileem faces forced deportation from Bosnia and Herzegovina

04.10.21

Kuwaiti blogger Musaed Al-Mesaileem is at risk of forced deportation from Bosnia and Herzegovina to his home country of Kuwait, where he faces a long prison sentence related only to his tweets and his peaceful participation in public gatherings.

On 29 September 2021, the State Court of the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina, based in the capital, Sarajevo, rejected Al-Mesaileem’s request for political asylum. As this is the highest court in the country, this ruling cannot be overturned and is considered final.

In accordance with the laws of the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the State Court in Bosnia and Herzegovina will now consider the possibility of deporting him to his country of origin based on the memorandum submitted by the competent Kuwaiti authorities to INTERPOL, which demands his return to Kuwait to implement the multiple prison sentences issued against him.

Al-Mesaileem told the Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR), "I married a few months ago to Kuwaiti citizen Munira Al-Sabah, and the court's ruling came to destroy our dream of stability and a prosperous future for our family." He added, "The alleged charges brought against me are all related to my peaceful and legitimate activism and my tweets, and thus related to the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and freedom of expression, both of which are protected by the Kuwaiti constitution."

The GCHR appeals to all concerned governments, as well as international mechanisms, in particular the United Nations system, to intervene immediately and urgently to prevent the deportation of the blogger, Musaed Al-Mesaileem, to Kuwait, as this would expose his life to an imminent risk. The GCHR urges the government of Bosnia and Herzegovina to fulfill its obligations under international human rights law and not to forcibly deport him and grant him political asylum due to his need for immediate protection.

GCHR urgently calls on the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCHR) to find a third country for the Al-Mesaileem to provide the protection he desperately needs.