HRW calls on Saudi Arabia to release human rights lawyer

Human Rights Watch yesterday called on the Saudi authorities to immediately release prominent human rights lawyer, Walid Abu Al-Khair, who was sentenced in 2014 to 15 years in prison for his peaceful advocacy for human rights. In July 2014, the Saudi Specialised Criminal Court (SCC) condemned Abu Al-Khair for criticising the kingdom’s human rights record, particularly the harsh sentences issued against those who criticise it on social media. The court has also banned him from travel for another 15 years and imposed a fine of 200,000 riyals ($53,000). Abu Al-Khair is currently serving his sentence in the Dhahban prison, north of Jeddah. Amnesty: Saudi uses death penalty to crush opposition Deputy Middle East Director at Human Rights Watch, Michael Page, … Continue reading HRW calls on Saudi Arabia to release human rights lawyer