Rights Groups Go After Saudi Arabia After Arrest of Two Human Rights Activists

Jan 11th, 2017 | By | Category: News Posts

Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International reported that Saudi Arabia has already arrested two rights activists in the first ten days of 2017. The groups also accused Riyadh of a “crackdown on dissent.”

In press releases, the two organizations said Essam Koshak in Mecca and Ahmed al-Mushaikhass in Dammam were summoned for questioning by police last week but haven’t been released.

Koshak is was held for questioning because of his tweets on human rights issues while al-Mushaikhass advocated on behalf of relatives of detainees in the country’s Eastern Province, which is home to the Shi-ite minority.

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Lynn Maalouf from Amnesty International said: “Saudi Arabia’s relentless persecution of human rights defenders is a blatant campaign aimed at deterring them from speaking about the human rights situation in the country.”

The Daily Star reports:
“The kingdom is a member of the 47-member United Nations Human Rights Council.

But it faced criticism last year by rights groups over a military campaign it leads in Yemen while a U.N. rights watchdog accused it of discriminating against girls and execution and corporal punishment of children.

Saudi Arabia has denied human rights abuses, saying it does not target civilians in Yemen and justifying punishments of minors based on its strict interpretation of Islamic law.”

 

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