Respect Right to Demonstrate Peacefully
authorities should revoke a ministerial order to ban all demonstrations because
it denies the right to peaceful assembly. Since October 15, 2012, security
forces have used teargas and stun grenades to disperse at least three large
rallies protesting an effort by the country’s ruler to amend the country’s
electoral law in a way that might reduce opposition representation in
Opposition groups – consisting of Islamists, liberals, and nationalists –
have called for another gathering in al-Erada Square in front of the National
Assembly building in Kuwait City on November 11, marking the 50th anniversary of
the country’s constitution.
“The right to peaceful assembly is enshrined in the constitution Kuwaitis
will be celebrating,” said Joe
Stork, deputy Middle East director at Human Rights Watch. “Authorities
should lift the ban and permit people to express their views.”
Some of the rallies brought out tens of thousands of protesters, such as a
“March of Dignity” on October 20 – the largest in the country’s history....."