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Calls for Saudi to release prisoners to stop coronavirus spread

March 16, 2020 at 12:24 pm

The Prisoners of Conscience Twitter account launched a campaign calling on Saudi Arabia to release detainees amid increased risk of an outbreak of the coronavirus.

The account said there is real danger to the prisoners’ lives as a result of the poor conditions inside the prisons.

Scores of activists, families and relatives of detainees supported the campaign, including Lina Al-Hathloul, sister of detained human rights activist Loujain.

Al-Hathloul called for the release of all detainees, especially her sister, given the real danger posed by the spread of the coronavirus.

Activists have warned that there is a large group of elderly people in prison, who are extremely vulnerable to infection.

Saudi authorities said the number of coronavirus infections has reached 103.

As a precaution, authorities suspended all visits to prisons.

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