Document - UA 344/90 - Iraq / Kuwait: Arbitrary arrest / fear of torture: Haidar Ashkanani, Muhammad Kadhim, 'Ali Kadhim, 'Abd Al-Muhsin Kadhim, Jawad Al- Qallaf, Muhammad Ibrahim
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UA 344/90 ARBITRARY ARREST/FEAR OF TORTURE 29 August 1990
IRAQ/KUWAIT :HAIDAR ASHKANANI, aged 24
MUHAMMAD KADHIM, aged 26
'ALI KADHIM, aged 22
'ABD AL-MUHSIN KADHIM, aged 18
JAWAD AL-QALLAF, aged 19
MUHAMMAD IBRAHIM, aged 18
Amnesty International has just received information that six Kuwaiti nationals were arrested by Iraqi forces on 3 August and taken to Baghdad, where they are believed to be currently detained. They are among the hundreds of people reported to have been arrested by Iraqi forces since the invasion of Kuwait by Iraq on 2 August. The six were arrested after taking part in a peaceful demonstration against the invasion of Kuwait in the Sulaibikhat district of Kuwait City. The detainees are all Shi'a Muslims.
According to reports received by Amnesty International, the relatives of the six detainees enquired about them with the Iraqi forces stationed in Sulaibikhat police station. They were apparently told that the detainees had been taken to Baghdad and that all further enquiries about them should be lodged with the authorities there.
The fate of the six detainees has remained unknown since their transfer to Baghdad. Amnesty International's information indicates that they were arrested solely for peacefully demonstrating against Iraq's invasion of Kuwait, and as such regards them as possible prisoners of conscience who should be immediately and unconditionally released.
Since 2 August, several peaceful demonstrations have taken place in Kuwait in protest of Iraq's invasion. At least three unarmed civilians were reported to have been killed and twenty others wounded.
RECOMMENDED ACTION: Telegrams/telexes/express and airmail letters:
- expressing concern about the arrest of the six Kuwaiti detainees and urging that if they have been detained solely for peacefully taking part in a demonstration they should be immediately and unconditionally released as prisoners of conscience;
- requesting details of the place of detention of the detainees and urging that they be allowed family visits;
- seeking assurances about the physical safety of the detainees and urging that they be treated humanely and are not subjected to torture or other ill-treatment;
- requesting details regarding the legal basis for their arrest and continued detention.
President Saddam Hussain
President of the Republic of Iraq
Telegrams: President Hussain, Baghdad, Iraq
Telexes: 212299 ALQASR IK
Samir Muhammad 'Abd al-Wahab
Minister of the Interior
Ministry of the Interior
Telegrams: Interior Minister, Baghdad, Iraq
Telexes: 21218 INTERIOR IK
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Telegrams: Foreign Minister, Baghdad, Iraq
Telexes: 212201 MIN FO A IK
212213 AKHARIJA IK
COPIES TO: Diplomatic representatives of Iraq in your country.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY. Check with the International Secretariat, or your section office, if sending appeals after 10 October 1990.