Saud-Arabia: Continues to Suppress Peaceful Demonstration and the Freedom of Expression; dispersing demonstration to the families of the detainees and arrest some of them
Cairo September 25, 2012
ANHRI condemns the assault of the security of forces on the protesters in front of “El-Traefah” prison after ending their set-in, on Monday September 24, 2012.
Tens of families of the detainees have set-in in front of “Trafeh” prison located in the city of “Qasem” in the north of Saudi-Arabian capital “Riadyh”. They started the set-in on Sunday September 23, 2012 and until the mid of Monday as they wanted to visit their relatives who are detained. In addition, to call for the release of them or bringing them before the court, as many of them are in the prison without being brought before courts since years. It comes after the hunger strike of some of the detainees due to the bad treatment they face in the prison and the death of 13 detainees recently.
The security forces by the help of Authority for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice have dispersed the demonstration under the allegation that it is considered to be disobeying the guardian. They used force to disperse the set-in as they used the electric stick. In addition, arresting number of the set-in youths and assaulting women.
This is wasn’t the first time that a protest could be dispersed for the families of the detainees, as on August 19, the forces dispersed a demonstration to the families of the detainees in front of “El-Haer” political prison using the tear gas bomb and bullets that released in the air. They blocked the way to the prison of “Trafeah” and dispersed them in the same day using force.
ANHRI said that “the serious violations committed by the suppressive regime against the right to mass expression of opinion have crossed the limits in the light of the silence that could be considered as collusion by the Arabic and International society. They should play a role in pressing the regime and motivate it to respect the marshes, peaceful demonstrations and release all the detainees without trials and respect human rights”.
ANHRI said “it is time that the Saudi regime should release all the detainees without trials or announce the charges pressed on them and bringing them before fair trials”.
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