Prisoners of conscience in Saudi prisons will go on hunger strike


The World – Saudi Arabia

ALQST Human Rights account said in a tweet on its Twitter account that was monitored by the Saudi reality: ALQST reportedly entered a number of detainees on hunger strike due to ill-treatment, and among the strikers, the human rights activist # Muhammad_ Al-Otaibi.

Alia Al-Hathloul, sister of the detainee, Loujain Al-Hathloul, commented on what AlQST reported about the hunger strike, saying: No one enters a hunger strike except when he is really in a worse situation. Lord, have mercy on them and protect them from what is evil.

The opposition to the House of Saud suspended d. Share of the past says that the detainee does not go on strike until he has exhausted all means to remove the violations that occur to him because he knows the danger of that.

She added: Today we heard that a number of prisoners of conscience in Saudi Arabia’s notorious detention centers went on hunger strike because of the violations committed against them.

And she continued: Among the hunger strikers was Muhammad Al-Otaibi, who was handed over by Qatar to Saudi Arabia while he was about to board the plane to go to Norway, because he had obtained political asylum and was unjustly ruled 14 years.

Hessah Al-Mady gave advice to the Emir of Qatar, who betrayed those who hired him, saying: Advice to Sheikh Tamim @TamimBinHamad, Muhammad Al-Otaibi obtained asylum in Norway, but your security forces kidnapped him from the airport and handed him over to Saudi Arabia, which sent him to prison and was sentenced to 14 years and differentiated between him and His wife and they are at the beginning of their life because of you, and now, after Muhammad bin Salman submitted to you and his work as a driver for you, you can request the release of Muhammad Al-Otaibi and he will not refuse your request, thus removing what is attached to you from treachery of your hired servant.

The opposition to the House of Saud asked d. The past of all the free people tweet by tagging the strike of Muhammad Al-Otaibi, and this is the least of what we support for those in the detention centers.

Shuaa, which identifies itself as a human rights activist, criticized Qatar, which caused Al-Otaibi’s suffering, saying: “Qatar has violated the principle of non-refoulement, which is one of the main aspects of protecting refugees by not handing them over and returning them to places that threaten their lives and their freedom. Qatar is responsible for what happens to Muhammad Al-Otaibi. Inside prison and partner with the Saudi government in the violations and its acceptance of political asylum applications will not change the reality of what happened.

Many opponents of the Saudi regime tweeted demanding the release of Al-Otaibi, demanding the mediation of the Emir of Qatar, who betrayed him when there were no problems between Qatar and Saudi Arabia.

The Qatari authorities forcibly returned the Saudi activist, Muhammad Al-Otaibi, to Saudi Arabia on May 25, 2017, and he had sought refuge in Qatar in March of the same year.

Returning Qatar Al-Otaibi to Saudi Arabia violates the principle of non-refoulement, in violation of the prohibition imposed by customary international law to return a person to a real risk of persecution, where his life or freedom is threatened because of his race, religion, nationality, membership, belonging to a certain social group or because of his opinion Political, or when there is a real risk of torture, inhuman or degrading treatment, or other serious human rights violations.

On April 25, 2017, Human Rights Watch called on Qatar not to deport Al-Otaibi, and Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East director at Human Rights Watch, said at the time: “Qatar’s rulers ignored Salama al-Otaibi by returning him to an unfair trial and possibly to where he would be wronged. Treatment: The apparent violation of a basic right of refugees – non-refoulement – is an act that sends a threatening message to human rights activists throughout the Gulf that they cannot feel safe.

A relative of Al-Otaibi told Human Rights Watch at the time that Qatari authorities had detained Al-Otaibi at “Hamad International Airport” in Qatar on the evening of May 24, 2017, while he was trying to leave Qatar for Norway, where he had obtained political asylum. The aforementioned relative from the Qatari authorities confirmed that the latter handed Al-Otaibi to the Saudi authorities the following morning. He was unable to challenge his deportation.

While in Qatar, Al-Otaibi told Human Rights Watch that Saudi intelligence officials (Internal Intelligence) called him on April 19 and 20, 2017, asking to know his whereabouts, and that he told them he was in Qatar. He had missed two court sessions in Riyadh, on April 25 and on May 17, 2017.

Al-Otaibi – along with Abdullah Al-Atawi, another Saudi activist – is facing a set of broad accusations related to a human rights organization that he established in 2013 and whose activities did not last long, and he was sentenced to 14 years in prison.

The accusations against Al-Otaibi include: “Participating in establishing an association and announcing it before obtaining the necessary licenses,” “participating in preparing, drafting and issuing several statements … on the Internet that contain an insult to the reputation of the Kingdom …” and “Hostility to international human rights organizations against the Kingdom. By publishing false reports on the Kingdom on his account on a social networking site …

In mid-2013, all of the founders signed a pledge – after the authorities insisted on signing it – to stop any human rights activity. The indictment states that after observing his commitment to the pledge, “it became clear that the first Muhammad Al-Otaibi was still following his previous approach and that several violations were detected against him …” However, the “irregularities” mentioned in the indictment are related to actions that were supposed to have taken place before the pledge, including his “attending the meetings of those affiliated with and sympathetic to the Hasm Association.” [“الجمعية السعودية للحقوق المدنية والسياسية”] Solved … and the last one was dated [14 سبتمبر/أيلول 2013]”.

One of the accusations leveled against the two men is related to violating Article 6 of the Saudi “Anti-Information Crime Law,” which prohibits “the production, preparation, transmission, or storage of public order, religious values, public morals, and the sanctity of private life through the information network.” This article imposes penalties of up to 5 years in prison and a fine of up to 3 million Saudi riyals ($ 800,000). Human Rights Watch documented Saudi Arabia’s use of this abusive information crime law to punish dissidents and activists in a 2016 report titled “140 Symbols.”

Similar cases in the past against human rights activists have led to prison terms ranging from 5 to 15 years, and Human Rights Watch has documented allegations that Saudi General Security and the General Directorate of Investigations sometimes torture and ill-treat detainees.

Dozens of human rights activists, sheikhs, and preachers are in Saudi prisons, most of them have been arrested since 2017, and human rights information indicates that many of them have been subjected to serious violations, including torture, to make them confess to crimes they did not commit or give up their positions critical of the authorities.


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