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Kuwaiti lawyer Al Shureka’s Twitter account detained in India

The Twitter account of famous Kuwaiti lawyer and human rights activist Mujbil Al Shureka was “masked” on Sunday evening “in response to a legal request” from the Indian government.

On Mujbil Al Shureka’s account, a message reads: “@MJALSHRIKA’s account has been withheld in India in response to a legal request.”

In turn, Mujbil Al Shureka (@MJALSHRIKA), from the Kuwait Institute of Law and Legal Studies, wrote in a tweet: “Dear @Twitter, is supporting India’s oppressed Muslims a crime ? Is highlighting the violation of human rights by a repressive Hindutva regime a sin? If not, why was my account blocked for Indian viewers? @TwitterIndia @hrw @amnesty @ndtv @nytimes @AlJazeera @RT_com.

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Al Shureka is from Kuwait. In his bio on Twitter, says he is the “director of the Center for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law, member of the training body of the Kuwait Institute of Lawyers and Legal Studies”.

The lawyer, who has 232,010 Twitter followers, has often supported the issues of India’s beleaguered Muslims.

He asked Indian Muslims to appoint him as a lawyer so that he can take the issue of Babri Masjid to the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, Netherlands.

Earlier, the Kuwait-based Muslim activist gave his support to imprisoned Muslim activists Sharjeel Imam, Umar Khalid and Siddique Kappan.

He said: “The radicalization of Hindus by the RSS/BJP regime has seeped into the veins of Indian institutions. This is why innocent Muslim activists like #UmarKhalid #SharjilImam and journalists like #SiddiqueKappan languish in prisons criminally framed by Hindutva officials.

Al Shureka had also beaten on behalf of journalist Rana Ayub, who has often been targeted for her rebellion against the oppression of minorities in India.

Earlier on Sunday, June 26, journalist Rana Ayyub posted a notice from Twitter informing her that the microblogging site would be withholding her account in India under the Information Technology Act 2000.

However, later his account was restored.

Ayyub took to her Twitter account to post the notice and said, “Hello Twitter, what exactly is this?”

The Twitter notice Ayyub shared read: “In order to comply with Twitter’s obligations under Indian local laws, we have withheld the following account in India under the Information Technology Act 2000 : content remains available elsewhere.”

“As Twitter strongly believes in defending and respecting the voice of the people who use our service, our policy is to notify account holders if we receive a lawful request from an authorized entity (such as an application of the law or government agency) to remove content from their Account. We provide notice of whether or not the user lives in the country from which the request originated,” it reads.

This is because the accounts have been geo-restricted, so although they will still be accessible from IP addresses outside the country, they will still be unavailable or blocked in India.