Saudi Arabia: After More Than 7 Months In Prison Without Charge The Arabic Network Condemns The Continued Detention Of Activist And Blogger Munir AlJassas
Cairo, June 21st , 2010
The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information, condemned , today, the continued detention of internet activist and defender of the rights of Shiites, Munir alJassas in Saudi prisons, so far without trial and without any charge since November 7th , 2009, for his writings defending the rights of Shiites on some sites and forums on the internet such as , Tahara, http://www.altahara.com and Shabaket AlRames, http://www.alrames.net where AlJassas is one of its most prominent writers.
Although the Saudi government did not clarify the reasons for detaining Munir AlJassas since his arrest and until now and did not also indict him, the Arabic Network believes that his arrest was because he wrote critically about the continuing violations of the rights of the Shiite citizens in Saudi Arabia and the discrimination against them , where he called on peaceful action to defend the rights of Shiites.
In February 2009, the human rights activist Munir AlJassas has written a topic on Tahara forum, entitled “Injustice is ugly .. it will last if we remained silent … it will perish if we stand for it”, in addition to many writings in which he called for peaceful actions in solidarity with Shiite detainees, after the religious police attacked Shiites and when security arrested peaceful Shiites demonstrators in Awamiya in March 2009. For his writings in solidarity with Shiites , security called in AlJassas , months before his arrest and forced him to sign an undertaking to stop writing critically of the Saudi government.
ANHRI resented arresting the activist and blogger Munir AlJassas due to his peaceful call to defend the rights of Shiites .ANHRI, expressed deep concern regarding the increasing number of cases where human rights and opinion activists in Saudi Arabia are arrested without charges or trial, as in the case of the Egyptian journalist and academic, Dr. Abdul Aziz Kamel, the Saudi lawyer Dr. Sulaiman Al-Rashoody ,in addition to the activist and blogger Munir AlJassas ,the Syrian blogger Rafat AlGhanim and many other detained activists in prisons of KSA without charge.
The Arabic Network sees that the Saudi government has to stop the hateful religious discrimination and to stop the ongoing repressive practices against Shiites, instead of trying to silence criticizing voices . Saudi minister of interior has to stop his police systems from prosecuting the activists and critics and to stop manipulating the law, that if he wants to better the image of Islam as he claims. Islam did not call for the arrest of innocents without offense. As well , Islam did not call for discrimination against Shiites or to differentiate between people on any grounds.