Prisoners of Conscience

Secret trials, the Saudi authorities’ tool to eliminate prisoners of conscience

Human rights circles highlighted the Saudi authorities’ use of secret trials as a tool to liquidate prisoners of conscience inside prisons.

Sanad Organization for Human Rights said that the Saudi authorities are determined to eliminate and abuse prisoners of conscience by circumventing the law and manipulating judicial rulings to issue arbitrary rulings through which the authority settles its accounts with opponents expressions of opinion and intellectuals.

The organization stated that secret courts against prisoners of conscience, academics, writers and thinkers are a humanitarian crime that should not be tolerated. They are not allowed to appoint a lawyer or attend an international committee that monitors the trial or the detainees’ families. The court focuses on often fabricated charges or charges extracted under torture.

Among those secretly convicted by the regime authority, for example, but not limited to Dr Salman Al-Awda, Amal Al-Harbi, Loujain Al-Hathloul, Awad Al-Qarni and many other preachers, activists and prisoners of conscience demanding their rights.

Thus, secret courts are among the Saudi authorities’ crimes against prisoners of conscience, which should not be tolerated. They are an injustice against the detainees, an infringement of human rights, and a violation of international and local law provisions and agreements.

Many activists and detainees died inside the detention centres of the Saudi authorities due to the deliberate neglect of the state of health and the physical torture they underwent behind bars.

Among those who passed away in detention cells were Abdullah Al-Hamid, Musa Al-Qarni, and Hamad Al-Salihi, as well as many activists and voices of their free voices.

The danger of death continues to haunt prisoners of conscience inside the prisons of the regime. Among those who are pursued by the end due to deliberate neglect and physical torture are Muhammad al-Khudari, Safar al-Hawali, Saud Mukhtar al-Hashemi, Aida al-Ghamdi and many others.

The human rights organizations call on the human rights authorities to consider the dangers of death that persecute prisoners of conscience and rescue them from the jailers inside the prisons of the Saudi authorities.

Meanwhile, the Saudi authorities continue to make the enforced disappearance of Hajj Khaled Muhammad Abdul Aziz for more than four years inside their detention centres.

Khaled Muhammad was subjected to arbitrary arrest on his way with his mother from Medina to Makkah Al-Mukarramah, performing Hajj with his mother in September 2017.

Within the prisons of the authority, Khaled Abdel Aziz faced health neglect, deprivation of communication with his family, ill-treatment and psychological torture by the jailers of the country’s authority.

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