Kuwait: Ministry of Security of Bosnia and Herzegovina must grant blogger Mesaed Al-Musaileem right to move to safe third country
On 21 February 2022, the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina issued its verdict rejecting the appeal submitted by the lawyer of blogger Mesaed Al-Musaileem, in which she demanded the suspension of the restrictions that were imposed on the blogger by the same Court’s amended decision on 06 May 2020.
The measures against Al-Musaileem include a travel ban, a ban on leaving his place of residence in the capital, Sarajevo, and a twice-monthly visit to the local police station.
Earlier this year, on 28 January 2022, the Ministry of Security of Bosnia and Herzegovina rejected his application for political asylum in the country. In its decision, which the Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) obtained, the Ministry states that he cannot be removed from the country for one year due to the stipulated principle of non-refoulement under Article 6 and 16/16 of the law on asylum.
The Kuwaiti authorities have demanded that he be handed over to them, based on the memorandum submitted to Interpol, to return him to Kuwait to implement the various prison sentences issued against him. These provisions relate only to his tweets and his peaceful participation in gatherings, in violation of his rights to freedom of expression and assembly, and have no criminal aspects.
For more information, see: https://www.gc4hr.org/news/view/2606
GCHR believes that following the rejection of his asylum bid, the blogger Mesaed Al-Musaileem should be permitted to move to a safe third country. GCHR fears that the Kuwaiti government will take advantage of the INTERPOL red notice system to forcibly return him to Kuwait, where he will spend many years behind bars, as well as be exposed to the risk of torture.
Tweet to the Minister of Security of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Selmo Cikotić @SelmoCikotic, asking him to allow blogger Mesaed Al-Musaileem to immediately move to a third safe country, and to fully protect his civil and human rights, including not to expose him to the risk of forcible return to his country, Kuwait.