Kuwait violates the International Human Rights Law, By deporting Prince Nawaf bin Talal al-Rasheed to Saudi Arabia despite concerns for his safety

Cairo 16 May, 2018

The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) condemned today the deportation of Prince Nawaf bin Talal al-Rasheed to Saudi Arabia by the Kuwaiti authorities despite serious concerns for his safety and life. This constitutes a clear violation of the international human rights law, which prohibits the return of any person to a place where he or she faces a real risk of torture or ill-treatment.

Prince Nawaf bin Talal, who holds Saudi and Qatari nationalities, and a resident of Qatar, visited Kuwait on the invitation of a poet. He used his Qatari passport to enter Kuwaiti territory. Contact with him was lost on May 12 while he was at Kuwait Airport on his way back to Qatar.

The Kuwaiti Ministry of Interior declared yesterday that “Mr. Nawaf al-Rasheed was deported to Saudi Arabia on Saturday, May 12, 2018, within the framework of the mutual security arrangements between the two countries, by virtue of a request from the competent authorities of the Kingdom to deport the citizen in question”.

ANHRI said that the Kuwaiti authorities’ forcible deportation of Prince Nawaf bin Talal al-Rasheed to Saudi Arabia is a serious blow to its legal obligations and a fall that must be apologized for.

ANRHI calls on the Saudi authorities to immediately announce the whereabouts of Prince Nawaf bin Talal Al-Rashid and to undertake not to harm him or endanger his life, to declare his legal position if he is accused in any case, to bring him to a fair trial or to immediately release him and allow him to travel.

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