Rights group urges Kuwait to free 2 web activists

AP , Thursday 14 Jul 2011

An international rights group is urging Kuwait's authorities to release two men detained for Internet posts criticizing Gulf rulers

Human Rights Watch says  two men who  were arrested in Kuwait last month and held without bail should be set free. It wants authorities to investigate claims that one of the men has been mistreated in detention. Kuwait has not confirmed the arrests.

According to Wednesday's statement, one man was arrested for Twitter messages critical of crackdowns in Bahrain while the second was arrested for a YouTube video criticizing Kuwait's ruler.

The group's regional director Joe Stork says the detentions are aimed at intimidating Web activists in the Gulf.

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