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Amnesty slams bedoon arrests

KUWAIT: Kuwaiti authorities have arrested more than a dozen people, including a leading rights activist, in a crackdown on protesters demanding greater rights for stateless Arabs, Amnesty International said yesterday. They face a number of charges including participation in unlicensed demonstrations, spreading false news and state security offences. “The Kuwaiti authorities have arbitrarily arrested more than a dozen protesters in recent days, including prominent human rights defender Abdulhakim Al-Fadhli and other activists, in a crackdown on peaceful protestors demanding greater rights for the stateless group known as bedoons,” the London-based rights group said. “Twelve protesters remain in custody.” Amnesty said the arrests took place between July 11 and 14 following protests by bedoons. – AFP

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