Prisoners of Conscience

Saudi prisoner of conscience at risk of imminent death

Sanad Organization for Human Rights has warned that a detainee of conscience in Saudi Arabia is at imminent risk of death in light of the arbitrary conditions of detention by the authorities.

Sanad Organization stated that it had learned that the administration of Al-Ha’ir prison in Riyadh transferred the prisoner of conscience Ibrahim Al-Yamani to one of the cells in which a number of criminals were accused of murder, theft and promoting contraband.

According to the organization, Al-Yamani demanded that he be returned to solitary confinement, fearing for his life. He is afraid that he will be killed at any moment. But the prison administration refused his request and deliberately endangered his life.

This violation increases psychological torture on him, in addition to a real danger to his life. The Saudi authorities use this violation to eliminate their opponents, as with the late Dr Musa Al-Qarni.

Sanad Organization called on the Saudi regime to stop this type of violation immediately and to respect the rights of detainees whose initial detention was without legal justification.

The Saudi regime is trying to detain the media assistant, Musaed Al Kathiri, and the remaining innocent prisoners of conscience for as long as possible. However, some of them have ended their sentences.

The regime continues to delay the release of the journalist, Musaed Al Kathiri, despite the expiry of his three-and-a-half-year sentence for expressing his opinion. Al Kathiri was arbitrarily arrested in September 2017, and the Specialized Criminal Court sentenced him to 3 and a half years in prison.

Support the Judiciary Organization demanded to intervene, prevent outright procrastination, and expedite the release of innocents, especially those whose sentences have expired.

In light of the restrictions imposed by the Saudi regime against journalists and activists and their continued detention against them, freedom of the press is in jeopardy.

The Kingdom comes among the 15 worst countries regarding press freedom due to harassment and the arrest of at least 30 media professionals and journalists on negative charges, one of whom is threatened with death Dr Ali Al-Omari.

The regime violates domestic and international laws that protect the freedom of the press and journalists. Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states, “Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression.

This right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas by any means, regardless of frontiers and geography.”

On the other hand, the Saudi regime continues to pursue expressions of opinion and impose continuous restrictions and arrests amid a continuous deterioration in the conditions of freedoms and rights.

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