Car chase in Kuwait: Bedoun Human Rights Defender the target

February 27, 2014

Frontline NEWlogos-1 condensed version - cropped reports that on 24 February 2014, human rights defender Abdulhakim Al Fadhli was chased by state security cars and then taken to state security headquarters, where he remains in detention. Earlier that day, human rights defenders Mr Nawaf Al Hendal and Ms Hadil Abo Qoreis were summonsed via news broadcasts to appear before state security investigations service.  Abdulhakim Al Fadhli had also been unofficially informed of a summons against him. As in a B-film, state security cars, chasing Abdulhakim Al Fadhli, intentionally collided several times with his vehicle before arresting the human rights defender. [Pictures of his car show signs of heavy collision and significant damage].

All three human rights defenders actively advocate for the rights of members of the Bedoun community in Kuwait. The term Bedoun, meaning ‘without’ in Arabic, refers to the community of stateless persons, native to Kuwait, who are prohibited from obtaining any official state documents including, but not limited to birth, death or marriage certificates. They constitute approximately 180,000 of Kuwait’s population. for more info see: http://reliefweb.int/report/kuwait/‘withouts’-kuwait

The summoning of Nawaf Al Hendal and Hadil Abo Qoreis, reportedly on charges of “inciting Bedouns in Kuwait to protest and invoke chaos”, comes in the context of recent demonstrations by the Bedoun community. The protests coincide with the commemorations of the anniversary of 2011 demonstrations, and were also instigated by the arrest of Bedoun activist Abdullah Atallah who was chased down by state security cars and arrested on 19 February 2014.

[Abdulhakim Al Fadhli has been repeatedly targeted by the Kuwaiti government for his advocacy for the stateless community; see <http://www.frontlinedefenders.org/node/22298>

One Response to “Car chase in Kuwait: Bedoun Human Rights Defender the target”


  1. […] Abdulhakim Al Fadhli is currently imprisoned for his peaceful activism on behalf of Kuwait‘s stateless Bedoon and other minority communities in Kuwait. The term Bedoon, meaning “without” in Arabic, refers to the community of stateless persons, native to Kuwait, who are prohibited from obtaining any official state documents including, but not limited to, birth, death and marriage certificates. Abdulhakim is currently serving a one-year prison sentence and faces deportation upon release. Throughout his imprisonment, he has protested and staged hunger strikes against the inhumane and unsanitary conditions in the Anbar 4 prison facility, where he has also been subjected to solitary confinement. [see also https://humanrightsdefenders.blog/2014/02/27/car-chase-in-kuwait-bedoun-human-rights-defender-the-ta…] […]


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