EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: MDE 17/04/95
15 June 1995
Further information on UA 55/95 (MDE 17/01/95, 2 March 1995) and follow-up
(MDE 17/03/95, 28 April) - Health concern / Prisoners of conscience
KUWAITPrisoners of conscience end hunger-strike
More than 35 political prisoners, including at least 10 prisoners of conscience,
are reported to have ended the hunger-strike which began on 21 February 1995.
They had been protesting against their continued detention after manifestly
unfair trials before the Martial Law Court in May and June 1991 and before
the State Security Court in 1992.
It is not clear exactly when the hunger-strike ended. According to one report
the main strike lasted about a month, although some prisoners continued to
take only water and minimum nourishment for several weeks after that. In a
Reuters report of 8 June, an opposition member of the Kuwaiti parliament, Ali
al-Baghli, stated that at one stage four hunger-strikers were taken to hospital
to be fed intravenously and were later returned to prison in good health.
Mr al-Baghli is reported to have added, "we are still looking at what they
want; we think the demands of some of them are not without merit".
This is for information only. No further action by the Urgent Action Network
is requested. Many thanks to all those who sent appeals.