BRAVO condemns the deportation today (November 15th 2012) of its Chairman Dr. Nada Dhaif from Kuwait. Dr. Dhaif was apprehended in front of her children, intimidated and taken for interrogation, while her children and husband were left in a distressed state with no indication of when or if she would be released.
In a statement earlier today Dr. Dhaif reported:
“I arrived to Kuwait with my family at 10 am and was informed at the passport check that my name is on ‘the list of Bahraini ‘s who are denied access to Kuwait’.
I was taken directly to the Passport Department were the officer asked me couple of questions about when it was that I last entered Kuwait. Then I was transferred immediately to State Security apparatus where I was interrogated for 2:30 hrs by Officers in civilian clothes who refused to reveal their identities, names or rank, despite that I asked for this information and to know upon what basis I was being questioned.
The officer started the interrogation by asking firstly my name and then whether I’m Shiaa or Sunni! I replied that I’m Shiaa and he then asked about my husband whether he is Shiaa also? I replied affirmatively.
I was subjected to probing questioning about the events that took place in Salmaniya hospital during the uprising in Feb 2011, my role in the uprising , whether I ever visited Iran, and whether I have been to the Pearl Roundabout participating in the demonstrations against the regime? And he insisted that I was demonstrating against the royal family in Bahrain. I replied to the officer : Why am I being interrogated about charges that I was found innocent of, and how is this even related to Kuwait ??
I asked for legal representation during the interrogation and to call the Bahraini Embassy in Kuwait, however the officer refused my request .
Then I was escorted to hall where my children and husband had been kept waiting, my husband was questioned also and his mobiles were confiscated for 30 minutes and returned to him after both of them were checked .
I was taken back for more detailed interrogation, whereupon I insisted to have a lawyer and refused to sign any papers.
The officer informed me that I have to leave Kuwait with immediate effect and that I’m not welcomed in Kuwait and that my name is on a fresh list received from the Bahraini authorities in July.
After 2:30 hrs I was escorted back to the passport department at Alniuissib port where officer ” Faraj Mohammed Al Suhli ” (his name was printed on his uniform) gave us back our passports.
I asked the him for a copy of the deportation report and for the names of the two officers at the state security department but he refused to provide any documents or information and was very nervous. Then I was escorted by police officers to Alnuaissib police station .
For a total of 4 hrs my family were in total panic and alarm, my two young daughters 9yrs and 8yrs were crying and terrorized seeing their mother being interrogated and dragged between state security and the police station .
Finally a police car escorted us to the Saudi border and handed the papers directly to the passport check. We were not even permitted to look at them.
It is important to mentions that thousands of Bahraini Shiaa have faced the same pattern of conduct from the Kuwaiti authorities , some of these individuals have families in Kuwait, or journey there for business, medical treatment or education .
The continuing harassment that HRDs in Bahrain endure from the Bahraini authorities has extended, and collective international measures are required to put such behaviour to an end.
Also we are calling for H.H the Emir of Kuwait to intervene and to put end to such violations committed by some officials that would damage the reputation of Kuwait.”
BRAVO declares in the strongest terms that the effort of the Bahraini Government to suppress people, by exercising their relationships with bureaucrats in other countries to frustrate and limit their international mobility, is abusive in the extreme and cannot continue to go ignored nor without judicial repercussion.
Another element of this is the removal of citizenship for 31 Bahrainis this week, which can only serve to further exacerbate the current turmoil. Indeed it amounts to a form of torture which effectively dehumanises people by legislating to remove their national identity and all of the natural benefits which are adversely impacted by this shocking deed; cultural, social, spiritual and physical. It is fundamentally wrong to have made such a bold move without warning the people targeted so that they might at least have had an opportunity to defend themselves. Indeed we question the legitimacy of the ruling and would welcome the United Kingdom specifically to probe an investigation into this matter as 10 of the Bahrainis in question are living in exile in England.