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KUNA : Kuwait Amir pardons all convicts accused of offending Amir - Society - 30/07/2013

KUNA : Kuwait Amir pardons all convicts accused of offending Amir - Society - 30/07/2013 | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
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I have heard it said that the Amir of Kuwait was a great and honorable man, I see now that these statements were understated.....

 

Rare and very special that such a man, in such a position, sees others first, even over his own ego.....Wonderful!

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Kuwait ex-MP jailed for emir insult

Kuwait ex-MP jailed for emir insult | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

A prominent Kuwaiti opposition leader has been jailed for five years for insulting the emir.

Mussallam al-Barrak, a former MP, had first been detained in October on suspicion of "undermining the status of the emir".

He had warned the Emir, Sheikh Sabah al-Sabah, in a speech that he would not be allowed to "take Kuwait into the abyss of autocracy".

Several former MPs and tweeters have been jailed for insulting the emir.....

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Kuwait: Rights Setbacks Amid Political Crisis | Human Rights Watch

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Kuwait’s political crisis had a negative impact on the country’s human rights record as security forces cracked down on protests and the government grew intolerant of dissident speech. The government should reverse this trend in 2013, by dropping all speech-related charges against online activists and former members of parliament, and finally addressing the bidun’s outstanding claims.Nadim Houry, deputy Middle East director....

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Political Turmoil in Kuwait As Protests Continue - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East

Political Turmoil in Kuwait As Protests Continue - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

A march dubbed "Dignity of the Homeland 7" was held in Kuwait last night [Jan. 22]. Former deputies and political activists said that popular movements would continue until the one-vote parliament is overthrown.

The Constitutional Court postponed 17 electoral appeals for the Feb. 19 hearing. In addition, parliament referred a number of laws and decrees to the government.

Former Member of Parliament Musallam al-Barrak denied that the opposition had reconciled with the government. He said, "If the government wants reconciliation, it must first reconcile itself with the constitution and apologize for violating it." .....


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Rights group blasts Kuwait proposed tough media law

Rights group blasts Kuwait proposed tough media law | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Human Rights Watch said Thursday a proposed media law by Kuwait would increase state control and curtail the right to free speech, as authorities suspended a popular talk show programme on a pro-opposition television channel.

The draft law breaches international standards protecting free speech as it would give the information ministry excessive power, the New York-based HRW said in a statement. ...

“Any press law should promote free speech and the free flow of information so essential to any democratic society, not throttle reporting and debate,” Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East director at HRW said.

 

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Kuwait opposition groups unite, demand deep reforms

Kuwait opposition groups unite, demand deep reforms | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
KUWAIT CITY, MAR 4:  

Kuwait opposition groups formed a broad-based coalition, apparently to reinvigorate a sagging protest movement, and demanded fundamental reforms including a multi-party democratic system.

The new alliance, called The Opposition Coalition, brings under one umbrella almost all opposition political groups, including Islamists, liberals, nationalists, trade and student unions, youth activists and civil society groups.

In a joint statement issued yesterday after a meeting that lasted several hours, the new Coalition vowed to fight for a “full parliamentary system based on legalising political parties... and democratic rotation of power.”....

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Kuwait jails tweeter 5 years for emir insult - The Times of India

Kuwait jails tweeter 5 years for emir insult - The Times of India | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

 Kuwait's lower court today sentenced an opposition youth activist to five years in jail "with immediate effect" for insulting the emir on Twitter, a rights group said. 

"The court passed the maximum jail term against Mohammad Eid al-Ajmi for insulting the emir on Twitter," the director of the Kuwait Society for Human Rights, Mohammad al-Humaidi, said. 

The ruling is not final as it will be appealed, but Ajmi will begin serving the sentence immediately, Humaidi said. 

Ajmi is the third opposition youth activist to be convicted for insulting the emir on Twitter. Last month the same court sentenced two tweeters to two years each in jail each on the same charge. 

Ayyad al-Harbi and Rashed al-Enezi are both in prison as they await appeals court rulings on their cases. .....

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