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Kuwait Releases Protesters on Bail

Expand Kuwaitis protest outside the parliament building in Kuwait City November 16, 2011. © 2011 Reuters A top Kuwaiti court has released on bail 44 people who had been convicted and imprisoned after protesting and calling for the country’s prime minister to resign in 2011—prosecutions that smacked of intimidation and retaliation for criticizing authorities. A detainee’s family member and a defense lawyer confirmed to Human Rights Watch that they had been released Sunday night. The protesters had been sentenced to between one and nine years in prison. During the 2011 demonstration, protesters…

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