4 June 2014

Egypt: Kuwaiti Authorities Help Egyptian Regime in Muzzling Voices of Dissent Through Deporting a Mosque Preacher Criticized Egypt's Presidential Elections

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Cairo: — The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) today deprecated the arbitrary procedure taken by Kuwaiti Religious Endowments Ministry (Awqaf) against an Egyptian mosque preacher. The ministry deported the preacher from Kuwait against the backdrop of criticizing the Egyptian presidential elections.

Last Friday May 30, Al-Khurainej Mosque at Al-Farwaniya governorate witnessed an altercation between mosque preacher Sheikh Sayed Farag and a number of worshipers. The altercation was raised after the preacher criticized Egypt's presidential elections and questioned its integrity. The police, consequently, intervened to end the dispute between the worshipers and the preacher. A communique then was filed by the worshipers against the mosque preacher accusing him of delving into political issues, which contravenes the provisions of the Kuwaiti Mosque's Charter.

Accordingly, Kuwiat's Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs decided to dismiss the Egyptian preacher and suspend him after 15 years of working. It also decided to deport him from the country.

"The decision of deporting the Egyptian preacher from Kuwait due to expressing his opinion proves the imposition of the Kuwaiti authorities' security grip on whoever opposes the authority. Such an imposition strongly indicates the sharp decline in the field of freedom of freedom of expression; especially with the surge of violations committed by Kuwaiti authorities against their dissidents and critics of their policy or of their allies' policy", ANHR said.

ANHRI clarified that Kuwaiti authorities' decision to deport the Egyptian preacher on the backdrop of his expression of opinion in a political matter deems arbitrary. It also shows the continuation of the Kuwaiti authorities' contribution made for other countries to repress and muzzle the voices of their opponents. The most salient example is the attempt to force Kuwaiti activist Hadeel Boqruis to take off the T-Shirt of Abdul Hadi al-Khawaja and Nabeel Rajab's pictures, upon the request of the Bahraini delegation participated in Gulf Festival for Youth.


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