Activist launches ‘Wikileaks’ Hajeri vows transparency

KUWAIT CITY, March 1: Kuwaiti human rights activist, Khaled Al-Hajeri, launched on Tuesday a website entitled Kuwait Wikileaks. Following in the footsteps of the infamous whistleblower site, Kuwait Wikileaks is dedicated to gathering, analyzing and publishing classified documents on the state of Kuwait.
“Wikileaks has become a culture that publishes the truth using the tools of technology. Kuwait Wiklileaks is not just a website and we have long term goals set in place,” commented Al-Hajeri to the Arab Times.
Al-Hajeri, who is the founder and chairman of environmental NGO - Kuwait Greenline, added that any law in any country that allows important information to be hidden from the public is a violation of human rights.
In an introductory press statement, Al-Hajeri described the website as the first in Kuwait to disseminate important documents that relate to the judicial, legislative and executive authorities as well as the private sector and civil society intuitions.

Al-Hajeri said that access to information on these entities is a human right and in line with the principles of democracy that pertain to transparency, freedom of opinion, scientific research and access to knowledge.
“The website is designed to disseminate information needed by members of the community to understand their reality and what is happening around them, especially since knowledge has become overshadowed by rumors and misinformation,” Al-Hajeri said.

His statement further explained that the site aims to document the different periods of Kuwait’s history by providing important documents for research and professionals who would like to write about the country and analyze its contemporary events. The site will also provide reference material for the media and press and help shed light on various issues in a transparent manner.

Al-Hajeri added that Kuwait Wikileaks administrators will serve as mediators between who owns the acquired documents and members of the community. He said that the documents’ credibility will be assessed, then sorted and classified.

“The management also vows to maintain the source’s confidentiality in order to encourage the information owners, especially those who may be harmed, to send their documents to the site for publishing,” the statement further added.

Al-Hajeri expressed support for truth-seeking and sincere Arab youth and encouraged them to promote the culture of Wikileaks within the Arab region.

“The culture of Wikileaks will contribute to strengthening the spirit of freedom and democracy and achieving a substantive system that monitors and regulates the performance of different institutions in any country. It will allow community members to accurately evaluate their country’s development,” the statement concluded.

By: Nihal Sharaf

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