- Associated Press - Thursday, July 14, 2011

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES (AP) - An international rights group is urging Kuwait’s authorities to release two men detained for Internet posts criticizing Gulf rulers.

Human Rights Watch says the two men were arrested last month and held without bail. It wants authorities to investigate claims that one of the men has been mistreated in detention. Kuwait has not confirmed the arrests.

According to Wednesday’s statement, one man was arrested for Twitter messages critical of crackdowns in Bahrain while the second was arrested for a YouTube video criticizing Kuwait’s ruler.

The group’s regional director Joe Stork says the detentions are aimed at intimidating Web activists in the Gulf.

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