Kuwait: Kuwait: Gulf Centre for Human Rights welcomes the release of the 15 Bedoon human rights defenders

16.03.12

Beirut, 16 March, 2012 --Further to an appeal (https://www.gc4hr.org/news/view/68) published by the Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) on 13 February, 2012, we have received confirmation that on 7 March, 2012 the authorities in Kuwait released on bail 15 Bedoon human rights defenders, including all defenders who have been mentioned in the above appeal; following the judgment of the Criminal Court.

The  Gulf Centre for Human Rights also aware that only human rights defender  Abdullah Attallah Al-Enizi is remains in prison. Defender Abdullah Attallah Al-Enizi  who participated in a demonstration on 13 January, 2012 in which he gave a speech calling for solidarity with the people of Syria and Egypt, has since been targeted,  an attempt was made to crash into his car, and the security policeman Mohammed Al-Jably Al- Mutairi monitored his movements. On 16 January, 2012 his father handed him over to security forces.

The Criminal Court, which issued its ruling to release the detainees on bail, included defender Abdullah Attallah Al-Enizi  in the resolution but he has been not released due to a complaint filed against him by the security policeman Mohammed Al-Jably Al- Mutairi who allegedly accused Al-Enizi of attacking him.

The Gulf Centre for Human Rights, while welcoming the release of the 15 Bedoon human rights defenders , it expresses its deep concern about the safety of human rights defender Abdullah Attallah Al-Enizi  who is still held in solitary confinement. He began hunger strike with other prisoners on 4 March, 2012 but it is not confirmed whether he continued the strike after the release of all his colleagues.

The Gulf Centre for Human Rights calls on the Kuwaiti authorities to:
  1. Immediately and unconditionally release human rights defender Abdullah Attallah Al-Enizi  as the detention is linked to his legitimate work in the field of human rights on behalf of the Bedoon in Kuwait;
  2. Drop all charges against Bedoon human rights defenders who have been released recently where it is believed that they are targeted exclusively because of their legitimate human rights work;
 3. 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.;

strong>The Gulf Centre for Human Rights is an independent centre and has been registered in Ireland. The Centre works to strengthen support for human rights defenders and independent journalists in Bahrain, Iraq, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Yemen.