(MENAFN - Arab Times) MP Saleh Ashour has submitted a query to the First Deputy Premier, Minister of Interior Sheikh Ahmad Al-Humoud and asking about the legitimacy of calling Twitter users for investigation, reports Alam Al-Yawm daily.
He asked for the number of bloggers, and Facebook and Twitter users who have been summoned to the police stations of Interior Ministry or any of its investigation units, including General Investigation Department and Criminal Evidences Department from Jan 2010 until the date of submitting the query.
He also asked for the names of users of those social networking sites and their nationalities attached with clarification on the reasons behind summoning them. He inquired if they were summoned upon complaints filed by citizens or government authorities, and the cases detained after investigation. He also wants to the legal plea by which the ministry had summoned the users and referred them for investigation.
Meanwhile, MP Adnan Abdulsamad submitted a query to the Interior Minister asking about the number of Kuwaiti women who are married to non-Kuwaitis and their nationalities, reports Al-Watan Arabic daily.
He wants to know the number of Kuwaiti widows and divorcees who were married to expatriates, and the nationalities of their spouses?
How many foreign women married to Kuwaitis have been naturalized since 1991 as per Article No. 8 of the Constitution and the original nationalities of each woman? He asked for the basis and criteria for naturalizing the children of Kuwaiti widows and divorcees, and the number of applicants from this category applying for Kuwaiti citizenship, and the period within which they are supposed to be naturalized?
Meanwhile, the Kuwaiti Progressive Bloc has criticized government's policy that tramples on public liberty, especially freedom of meeting, freedom of expression and freedom of information.
The bloc indicated the spate of arrests among the youth activists, writers, personalities in opposition, and bloggers has become extensive due to frivolous allegations, reports Al-Rai daily.
In a statement, the bloc affirmed that ensuring the flow of democracy in the executive authority is the appropriate solution to the current crisis in the country, adding the clampdown has reached a point where Special Forces counteract peaceful demonstrations and the latest of such experience was last Sunday at the Dignity of the Nation rally 5, where security officers used rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse the crowd in Qurtuba.
The statement noted that officers arrested many protesters-aside from the beating, insults and unethical degrading of some activists, including women. The bloc insisted that intimidating free citizens will not repress them from criticizing unpopular and undemocratic actions of the government, and "Acting in this manner will rather deepen the crises".
The bloc called for immediate release of all persons arrested during the protest. It's also urging the human rights groups to condemn government's policies and demand a stop to the repression of peaceful protests.