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News number: 9107118240

17:50 | 2012-11-10

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Human Rights Watch Urges Kuwait to Respect People's Rights

TEHRAN (FNA)- Human Rights Watch on Saturday called on Kuwait to revoke a ban on demonstrations and respect the people's right to peaceful assembly.



"Kuwait's authorities should revoke (a law) ... to ban all demonstrations because it denies the right to peaceful assembly," said Joe Stork, deputy Middle East director at New York-based HRW, Almanar reported.

"The government has an obligation to respect the right to gather peacefully regardless of whether demonstrators support or oppose its policies."

"The right to peaceful assembly is enshrined in the constitution Kuwaitis will be celebrating... Authorities should lift the ban and permit people to express their views," he said.

Kuwait's government is marking on Saturday the 50th anniversary of its constitution, with a display of fireworks. The opposition will celebrate it on Sunday with a massive rally.

More than 150 protesters and 24 police have been slightly injured at three demonstrations since October 21 held to protest a decree by the emir to amend the electoral law.

The opposition is boycotting the election, and no one from among its ranks has registered to run for office.