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Stockholm- The international human rights foundation Skyline calls on Kuwaiti authorities to end restrictions on freedom of opinion and expression and to work for the release of all human rights activists. It emphasizes that the continued detention unjustifiably violates both the rights enshrined in the Kuwaiti Constitution and the rules of international law.

In a statement released today, Friday, Skyline condemns the detention of Fadel Farhan Saket, also known as Abu Turki, a dedicated human rights advocate who is currently under subpoena for an investigation for his non-violent digital advocacy and unwavering commitment to upholding human rights. 

 Through his active presence on Twitter, he shares a thought-provoking motto: "A notion born in liberty stated: rejecting an existence devoid of vitality." His efforts encompass safeguarding his personal civil and human rights as an individual without a recognized nationality, as well as the entitlements of fellow associates within the analogous status in Kuwait. Notably, he focuses on their justifiable aspiration to attain Kuwaiti citizenship. 

On the 7th of August, 2023, he shared this post on Twitter: "Dear authorities, a resolution is imperative for our circumstance – we, the Kuwaiti Bidoon." Within his tweet, he additionally advocated for the disbandment of the Central Agency for the Resolution of the Status of Unauthorized Residents, founded back in 2010 with the intention of addressing the persistent issues faced by the Bidoon community. Regrettably, this agency proved inadequate in delivering a viable remedy. 

On the 10th of August, 2023, Abu Turki responded to a summons from the Department for Combating Cybercrime within the General Directorate of Criminal Investigation. Upon arriving at the premises, he was promptly apprehended and subsequently transferred to the Central Prison. This transpired following a decision by the prosecution to detain him for a span of 21 days. 

In this regard, Skyline reports that the apprehension and confinement of Abu Turki, a member of the Bidun community residing in Kuwait, are directly linked to the content he recently shared on his Twitter platform. It has also come to light that Muhammad Al-Juwaihel, a former Member of Parliament within the National Assembly, has formally lodged a complaint against Abu Turki due to the nature of these tweets. This situation underscores the critical intersection of freedom of expression and human rights in this context. 

Accordingly, Skyline stresses that the circumstances surrounding Abu Turki's arrest and detention warrant a careful examination. It's essential to ensure that his rights, particularly those pertaining to due process and a fair trial, are fully upheld. The abrupt nature of his arrest upon presenting himself at the investigation department raises questions about the procedural legitimacy of his apprehension. Moreover, the decision for a 21-day custodial remand should be scrutinized against legal norms to ascertain its necessity and proportionality. 

Skyline states that Abu Turki's situation exemplifies the delicate balance between safeguarding security concerns and respecting individual freedoms. His case underscores the significance of principles such as the presumption of innocence until proven guilty, access to legal representation, and the right to a prompt and fair trial. Authorities must ensure that his rights are respected throughout the legal process, and any limitations placed on his liberty are both lawful and proportionate. This case is a reminder of the ongoing need for vigilance in upholding human rights standards, especially when the legal system intersects with matters of online activity and cybercrime. 

In this regard, the human rights foundation ''Skyline'' reports that the apprehension and confinement of Abu Turki, a member of the Bidun community residing in Kuwait, are directly linked to the content he recently shared on his Twitter platform. It has also come to light that Muhammad Al-Juwaihel, a former Member of Parliament within the National Assembly, has formally lodged a complaint against Abu Turki due to the nature of these tweets. This situation underscores the critical intersection of freedom of expression and human rights in this context. 

Skyline emphasizes that the detention of Abu Turki is an alarming breach of the fundamental principles of freedom of expression and activism, which are integral to the preservation of civil liberties and the progress of society. It further underscores that this incident contradicts Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which asserts the right to freedom of opinion and expression, encompassing the freedom to seek, receive, and impart information and ideas of all kinds.  

At the end of its statement, Skyline vehemently calls for the immediate release of Abu Turki, emphasizing that upholding his right to peacefully advocate for human rights is vital in maintaining the principles of justice and the rule of law.