Charges of blasphemy against WHRD and academic: Kuwait


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Second summons issued against human rights defender Shaikha Binjasim

On 19 April 2016, human rights defender Ms Shaikha Binjasim received a second summons in relation to new charges of blasphemy and humiliating the religion of the State. The human rights defender has been asked to report to the public prosecutor’s office on Sunday morning, 24 April 2016, in the Houli area, Kuwait City. If charged, Shaikha Binjasim could face up to one year’s imprisonment under blasphemy law.

On 14 April 2016, in a separate investigation, Shaikha Binjasim appeared before the public prosecutor, who charged her with blasphemy and humiliating the religion of the State for having declared in a television interview on the Kuwaiti channel Al-Shahed, that the constitution of Kuwait is above the Quran and Shari’a.

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