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Rights body defends rally, cautions government on freedom
March 31, 2015, 11:05 am

The Human Rights Watch in a statement said the Kuwaiti authorities broke up a rally organized by the opposition in downtown Kuwait City on March 23, 2015, and detained 16 protesters, reports a local daily. The daily added, 11 protesters were released on March 25 but are expected to face charges of violating the ‘Gathering Law’.

Five of the arrested remain in police custody and may face charges of attacking law enforcement officers in addition to violating the Gathering Law, a local activist told the Human Rights Watch. “Kuwait should respect people’s right of freedom to demonstrate peacefully against the government,” said Joe Stork, deputy Middle East and North Africa director. “Prosecuting people for illegal gathering is the wrong way of responding to legitimate protest,” he said.

The Special Forces had rounded up 16 people from the 800 who had gathered in Kuwait City’s Erada Square shortly before 9 am on March 23, said Hakeem Al-Fadhli, founder of Q8citizens, who was at the demonstration.

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