PPF condemns summoning human rights activists in Kuwait

Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) in a letter to Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, Prime Minister of Kuwait has expressed concern over the decision of Electronic and Cyber Crime Combatting Department (ECCCD) to summon two human rights activists Abdul Hakim Al-Fadhli and Hamed Jameel for their social media activities.

PPF Secretary General Owais Aslam Ali in his letter, has condemned the attack on these two activists for promoting free expression on internet and urged the authorities to stop targeting the social media activists for their work.

According to Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR), the interrogation started when Al-Fadhli reached at the ECCCD, affiliated to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and focused on using his Twitter account to gather public in front of the Central Apparatus for Illegal Residents’ Affairs.

Jameel was interrogated separately and was asked about making a fake Twitter account, which was used to attack two members of the Group of 80 supporting Saleh Al-Fadala, head of the Central Apparatus for Illegal Residents’ Affairs.

Al-Fadhli and Jameel both were transferred the same day to the Public Prosecution for Media and Cybercrimes and were later released on bail of 200 dinars each.