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American human rights activist illegally arrested in Kuwait.

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Submitted by John Locke (United States), Oct 11, 2005 at 00:45


Trina Flowers, an American actively working for those expatriates whose basic human rights are routinely violated by the Kuwaitis who employ over a million foreign workers from India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Indonesia, Philippines, China, Thailand, Pakistan, Iran, Afghanistan, and many other poor countries.

Trina was hired by the University of Kuwait to teach English under a contract over 6 years ago. After completing the contract she was hired by another technical institute where her troubles began. She was asked to pass several students who were the members of the ruling families and despite the fact that they were all failing student but the corrupt Director of the school tried to force Miss Flowers to give them passing marks. Her refusal to pass these students started an antagonistic relationship between her and the Director of the Institute. The Director ended up firing Trina illegally. This firing was clearly in violations of her employment contract between Trina and the Institute. Subsequently, Trina filed civil cases against the school and the Director. In retaliation, the Director through his political connections with the ruling families, illegally placed a travel ban on Trina and filed a complaint with the labor department alleging that she is absconding from her work that was a totally self-fabricated lie by the Director who himself fired Miss Flower from her position with the Institute.

Trina won the cases in all the courts. Courts found the Institute in violation of their contractual obligations and awarded her back pays. Despite her winning the cases under the Kuwaiti laws, the corrupt court system refused to pay her back pays and refused to pay her for more than two years. She eventually forced the court to pay her back pay that the court kept for years without any reasons. She later took the case to the US embassy for help in filing charges against the Director due to the fact that no agency in the country would accept the complaint for the Director is a well-connected individual. US embassy, instead of helping her, was siding with the corrupt regime of the country. It is a norm not an exception that the mid level diplomats receive various types of favors from the local corrupt businessmen and from the state employees. On a larger scale, the scandal of the former US ambassador Mr. Richard Jones and his cronies like Sean Murphy, and the commercial attaché Patrician Gonzales are well documented. The oil that was sold to Iraqis at highly inflated prices at US tax payers expense by the Kuwaitis was the tip of the iceberg of the corruption that the US embassy in Kuwait was implicated in. Instead of helping an American citizens who is fighting on the principal on which the foundation of the American society is based on, the US embassy sided with their corrupt benefactors for personal gains during their diplomatic assignment to this rich and corrupt little country. Who knows the next assignment could be in more accountable European countries where the opportunity for the crooked diplomats may not be as easily available with such impunity. Richard Jones in the beginning of Iraqi invasion made a few millions quickly and at the discovery of this fact by his superiors in the State Department he was quietly moved to better pastures. Ambassador Richard Jones and his henchmen were briskly transferred to more corrupt regimes. Sean Murphy, the right hand crooked man of Richard Jones is now basking in the corrupt glory of Chile and Richard Jones is still peddling influence between Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and rest of the corrupt Gulf States.

Trina is illegally detained in the CID/Interpol station without any charges. She is denied any visitation by any of her friends and well wishers. Even her lawyer Mr. Abdul Majid Khuraibat (965- 964-6266), an ex-police general and a well connected Kuwaiti is denied all visitations with Trina. He's been told that the orders are directly from the Prime Minister's office not to allow her access to any one as a punishment. This is totally against Kuwaiti laws but who is to challenge the Prime Minister. Mr. Khuraibet is appalled and furious at the illegalities of the Kuwaiti government. Ironically, our embassy is assisting the corrupt regime. Embassy has obediently performed at the request of the Ministry of Foreign affairs of Kuwait to issue Trina a new US passport as her older passport is expired. Embassy sent their photographer to the detention center and took Trina's picture against her wishes and without her request of issuing a passport to facilitate the Kuwaiti government to illegally deport Trina out of Kuwait for fears that she has very damaging and compromising information on some of the highest officials of Kuwaiti government as well as on our US embassy's employees who in collaboration with the Kuwaiti Ministry of foreign affairs does not wish to expose these officials to such scandals. Instead of serving the US citizen's needs, US embassy is obediently following the commands of their rich Kuwaiti masters.

A shameful and disgusting act of the US embassy's brown nosing to their rich patrons that make all of us Americans feel totally vulnerable to speak on the issues of democracy, human rights, labor rights and related issues dealing directly with democracy. While we are sacrificing hundreds of our sons and daughters in Iraq in the name of democracy and freedom and in the process killing thousands of innocent men, women and children in Iraq as a justifiable sacrifice for the future of democracy and freedom while at the gateway of Iraq, a tiny country like Kuwait is basking in glory of tyranny, corruption, anti democratic practices, and doing every possible thing against the principals that we as American stand for.

It is one the most shameful act of our incompetent and self-serving little poodles at the US embassy who are lapping it up what their corrupt and rich Kuwaiti masters throw at them. Very disgusting situation with us Americans in Kuwait. Our embassy and the State department is a sorry case and someone has to expose these incompetent idiots wasting away American taxpayers hard earned dollars.

If you really care for human justice, democracy, the sacrifices our boys and girls are making in Iraq in the name of democracy and freedom, then please help Trina Flowers, an innocent and totally illegally persecuted individual who is fights for hundreds of helpless poor in this country where no one dares to questions the corrupt and cruel system that is prevailing with not a single establishment media exposing the evils of Kuwait. Please write about Kuwait and about her so the world could expose America's another shameful act. Saudi's royal family's expose is well documented while the tiny corrupt tyrants of Kuwait are getting away with murders. Our US government sure has a knack in picking up losers when it comes to international politics and partners in crimes.

For more information, please contact John Locke at CorruptionWatch@USA.Com . or Trina's lawyer Abdul Majid Khuraibet, Esq. at (965) 244-4820, 244-4828 or his mobile at 965- 964-6266 who is working on pro bono basis for Trina's freedom. There are hundreds of Kuwaitis like Mr. Khuraibat who speak out against such illegalities of Kuwaiti government yet the corruption is ever present in every walk of life in Kuwait and the clouds of corruption and human rights violations are growing thicker everyday.

Thank you.

John Locke,
A concerned American and a supporter of Miss Trina Flowers' work in Kuwait on human rights and related issues.


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