UN raps Saudis for harassing activists

Written by  Published by:Shiite News
Published in Saudi Arab
Friday, 11 July 2014


Saudi Arabia has been slammed for harassing human rights activists under a failed judicial system.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay singled out the case of human rights defender Waleed Abu al-Khair, who was sentenced on 6 July to 15 years in prison, and called on Saudi authorities to immediately release all those people serving long jail terms just for peacefully advocating human rights in the kingdom.

“Abu al-Khair’s case is a clear illustration of the continuing trend of harassment of Saudi human rights defenders, several of whom have been convicted for peacefully promoting human rights,” said Ms. Pillay in a news release.

According to Pillay, Saudi Arabia continues to charge human rights defenders with offences that are defined in a “vague manner” in its so-called counter-terrorism legislation.

Emphasizing Abu al-Khair’s peaceful activities, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said he was tried in the Specialized Penal Court on a long list of charges.

Pillay said the Penal Court, which was set up in 2008 to deal with terrorism cases, has been created to harass Saudi activists.

The court’s proceedings do not conform with international human rights law, including the Convention against Torture, she said.

The Al Saud regime has come under harsh international criticism for its human rights record.

Protests against the Al Saud family have intensified since November 2011, when security forces opened fire on protesters in Qatif in Eastern Province, killing five people and leaving scores more injured.

Activists say there are over 30,000 political prisoners in Saudi Arabia.

Rating: 5 Read 395 times Last modified on Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Leave a comment

Shia Genocide Report 2016

Shia Genocide Report 2016 - Shia Killing in Pakistan 2016

Fall of ISIS in Aleppo

Halab Syria - News

Featured Video

Like our Facebook

Dailymotion

Connet With Us

Largest Portal of Shia News from allover the World | Pakistan News - Iran News - Resistance News - Saudi Arabia News

 

Contact Us

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Website: http://www.shiitenews.org

JoomShaper