Mohammad Al-Mail

Journalist  |  Founder of the Upper Hand Organization

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SENTENCED IN ABSENTIA TO JAIL

The Story

In his early life in Kuwait, Mohammad AlMail excelled through school and qualified for a scholarship to major in Political Science at university in the UK. Simultaneously and rather unconventionally, however, AlMail was dedicating his time of giving lectures and writing articles in a Kuwaiti local newspaper (AlDaar Newspaper), and some online blogs. He was astonished to see his activism at such a young age having the profound impact it had, with his articles and videos being circulated so widely that even MPs had begun debating how to silence AlMail, who had then founded the Upper Hand Organization (now banned in Kuwait). His organization was being treated as a national public order offence, opening the door to becoming the recipient of continuous death threats. Mohammad AlMail’s scholarship at the expense of the Ministry of Higher Education was cut short in 2015, and he sought political asylum in the UK at the young age of 18. Having managed to escape arrest, the Kuwaiti Criminal Court sentenced the young activist to ten years’ imprisonment in absentia awaiting him should he return home. He now lives in the UK and is completing his undergraduate studies, continuing his human rights activism with the Upper Hand Organization.

ALLEGATION 1

Denunciation of controversial figures in early Islamic history (such as Abu Baker, Umar, and Aisha), and called them: “Symbol of Islam Terrorism”.

ALLEGATION 2

Founding of an unlicensed human rights organization.

ALLEGATION 3

His public opposition to the Saudi-led war on Yemen, in addition to his solidarity with the Bahraini population’s resistance to the tyrannical House of Khalifa.

ALLEGATION 4

Spreading false news that aims to weaken the prestige of the state.