Sunday, April 11, 2010

Kuwait: Stop Persecuting Egyptian Opposition

State Security Arrests, Deports al-Baradei Supporters

Human Rights Watch

"(New York, April 10, 2010) – Kuwait’s State Security forces should stop arresting and deporting expatriate supporters of Egyptian opposition candidate Dr. Mohammad al-Baradei, Human Rights Watch said today. Kuwait should immediately release all remaining Egyptian detainees and allow those deported to return to their homes in Kuwait.

Following the arrests of three Egyptian citizens on April 8, 2010, Kuwait security forces detained over half of approximately 30 people who met on April 9 to discuss the arrests, and deported as many as 21 Kuwaiti residents with Egyptian citizenship, over a period of 48 hours.

"Kuwait is enabling Egypt’s repression by harassing al-Baradei supporters,” said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East and North Africa director at Human Rights Watch. “Kuwaitis should be asking why their security services are harassing Egyptians seeking reform at home, instead of protecting domestic security interests."......"

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