Coptic Christian Gets Asylum in Canada, Sues Kuwait for Human Rights Violations

by: Rami Dabbas

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Hani Morris with CPC MP Garnett Genuis

 

After Canada had accepted his Asylum for Protection  as a refugee from Kuwait, Hani Morris an Egyptian Coptic Christian filed a lawsuit against Kuwait and more specifically against two major institutions there, Al Mulla Motors and United Ahli bank in Kuwait. The case was accepted by the Canadian Court.

Although the case is not directed against the State of Kuwait specifically, it is exposing corruption in state institutions, how justice is undermined in Kuwait, how to win the violation of the rights and dignity of foreign workers and how corruption and nepotism are exploited in Kuwaiti state institutions. The Ambassador of Kuwait to  Canada is Mr. Abdul Hamid Al-Failakawi .
This is a story of the mistreatment and torture of  an Egyptian family that was deprived of its dignity of being an Egyptian family firstly and a secondly for being a  Christian.

Hani Morris  traveled from Eygpt to work in Kuwait in 1995 and worked there until he married  in 2001. He fell in  love with  the State of Kuwait and its  people and brought his wife to live with him there. His wife gave birth to their first child Hanin in 2002 and his second child in 2007. For Hani and his family,  Kuwait was for them as  second homeland, but as the  chosen homeland and the two children loved the Kuwait they where they were born and grew up.

Mr Morris started a job as an auto valuer at Badr Al Mulla Company  in 2006. His issues  started in January 2009, when one of the company’s clients, Ayad Fahim, an Egyptian citizen, filed a fraud case against the company. Hani Morris was taken to a  Police station in Kuwait City. Before he went to testify in the case, they called Hani’s manager, Naziza Abu Assi who asked Hani  to testify falsely and deny what happened to the client but Hani refused to falsely testify .

Mr Morris lost his job because he refused to falsely testify . He went to the owners of the company  Anwar Mulla and Abdullah Mulla to see if they would support his testimony of  truth, but they refused to help.  Instead, they told him he must obey his manager but when Hani refused to falsely testify,  he lost his job permanently .

After the company fired him from his job, they committed a felony crime against Mr Morris for being  absence from work despite the fact that he was never absent.

Mr Morris filed a complaint of perjury against the Company.  He was surprised that the prosecutor  committed another  crime against him by refusing to look into the case.

Mr Morris then filed a complaint against the prosecutor’s decision to the court, but his complaint application  was also rejected. Not surprisingly, the head of the court is a relative  to the owners of the Al Mulla Motors company.

Mr Morris filed to preserve his labor rights in the company. The company  and told him that he has no rights in the company and they were backed up by the Kuwaiti government .

The complaint in the case of perjury against him  remained  in the courts for three years until the government of Kuwait finally reminded Mr Morris that he was an Egyptian and a Christian. They put him in jail after they forged a crime against him .

“Muhammad Abd al-Wala” an employee in the same company told Mr Morris “we will get rid from all Christian people like you”.  They even seized Mr Morris’ Car and took all his money before they threw him in Jail .

What a travesty of justice committed by the Kuwaiti Ministry of Justice.

Mr Morris was able to obtain asylum and come to Canada on 30 August 2017 and now lives with his family in Canada. After being persecuted in Kuwait, he filed a lawsuit against Badr Al Mulla, Anwar Al Mulla and Ahli United Bank accusing them of causing persecution during his stay in Kuwait from 2009 to 2017.

Mr Morris and his family have received  threats to their lives in Canada after Egyptian newspaper Al-Ahram published the case. The threats even came to  the Canadian lawyer and journalist in Al-Ahram who published the case.

The threats come from various telephone numbers, including a Kuwaiti number and other countries. The threats stated that Hani, his family, his lawyer and the journalist that published the story will all be killed  for the publication and for the lawsuit against the corruption of Anwar al-Mulla, Hamad al-Marzouq, Sami Thabit and the various state agencies in Kuwait state.

Hani Morris’s lawyer contacted the Canadian police, who released a statement.

The Canadian Al-Ahram correspondent appealed to the Canadian intelligence service to take the threats seriously and provide protection to Canadian citizens. It is known that Kuwait is a rich country that can implement action on its own  threats.

The Canadian editor-in-chief of Al-Ahram, said that he wouldn’t be surprised that such threats could be related to  al-Qaeda . He added that he would meet with a senior official from the Canadian Foreign Ministry to address the Kuwaiti Foreign Ministry in this regard and that if the Trudeau   government did not act, he would bring the matter to the Canadian Parliament through the  Conservative Party. The fact is that the liberal party refused to help Mr Morris and Al Ahram newspaper, however, the Conservative party decided to help through the parliamentary
former Kuwaiti MP Faisal Al-Duwaisan, who acknowledged the threats which both Hani and Al Ahram newspaper received and for the persecution which happened to Hani from 2009-2017. It’s an absolute proof of the injustice  the Egyptian Coptic family suffered in Kuwait.and the State of Kuwait is responsible for that. Their state institutions need to be cleansed from the corruption, racism and discrimination in the  state institutions , which is against the  Universal Declaration of Human Rights signed by Kuwait since it’s inclusion in the United Nations ..

The case is still in the courts.

Original report in Arabic Here

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