Kuwait: Update: Kuwait- Arrest and detention of human rights defender Abdulhakim Al-Fadhli and his brother
On 24 February 2014, human rights defender Abdulhakim Al-Fadhli, was chased by state security cars, before being arrested, along with his brother, Abulnasser. They were then taken to the state security headquarters where they remain in detention.
Abdulhakim Al-Fadhli was interrogated without having any legal representation present and charged with ‘incitement to rebellion’, attacking security men, damaging vehicles and participating in an unlicensed march. He was denied access to a lawyer or his family. It is reported that he was beaten, threatened with rape, physically and verbally abused and tortured for four hours.
On 3 March 2014 he appeared before the investigating judge who renewed his detention for a further ten days.
The Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) issued the following appeal appeal on 22 February 2014, after he and other human rights defenders were summoned for interrogation by the Office of Public Prosecution:
The GCHR believes that his arrest and detention is solely related to his peaceful and legitimate human rights work and calls on the authorities in Kuwait to:
- Immediately and unconditionally release Abdulhakim Al-Fadhli and his brother Abulnasser and drop all charges against them;
- Guarantee the physical and psychological integrity of Abdulhakim Al-Fadhli and Abulnasser while they remain in detention;
- Immediately grant them access to a lawyer and to their family;
- Guarantee in all circumstances that all human rights defenders in Kuwait are able to carry out their legitimate human rights activities without fear of reprisals and free of all restrictions including judicial harassment.