Thursday, July 15, 2010

Saudi Arabia: Charges Against Rights Activist Frivolous

Prosecution Charges Mikhlif al-Shammari With “Annoying Others”

Human Rights Watch, July 14, 2010

If ‘annoyance’ is an imprisonable offense in Saudi Arabia, then scores of government officials should be behind bars, not least because of this frivolous prosecution of a man who is making a serious contribution to defending the rights of fellow Saudis. If anyone has reason to be truly annoyed, it’s al-Shammari for being locked up on a frivolous charge.

Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East director at Human Rights Watch

(New York) – Prosecutors should immediately drop charges against Shaikh Mikhlif bin Dahham al-Shammari, a human rights activist, and release him, Human Rights Watch said today.

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