Target: Minister of Justice Muhammad bin Abdul Karim Issa
Goal: Release lawyer and human rights activist Waleed Abu al-Khair
Authorities in Saudi Arabia should immediately and unconditionally release human rights activist Waleed Abu al-Khair and drop all charges that he faces. He was detained in the middle of April while attending a hearing for charges relating to his activism. The authorities have not allowed him to contact his family and there is no evidence as to his whereabouts. The charges that he was addressing at the time of his detention include ‘breaking allegiance with the ruler’ and ‘making international organizations hostile to the kingdom’. The kingdom must do all it can to release this prisoner of conscience.
Abu al-Khair is known for his pro-bono legal work that he has done on the behalf of other human rights activists. He is also the administrator for the Facebook group ‘Monitor of Human Rights in Saudi Arabia’, a website that is blocked in the kingdom. The rulers of Saudi Arabia routinely vilify this kind of peaceful activism.
The government in Saudi Arabia has regularly pursued charges against activists fighting for their freedom of expression. This is in direct violation of international human rights. This action is also in violation of ‘The Arab Charter on Human Rights’, of which Saudi Arabia is a party. The imprisonment of activists such as Abu al-Khair highlights the zero tolerance policy adopted by the government. Sign this petition to stand up for human rights in Saudi Arabia by calling for the release of Waleed Abu al-Khair.
Dear Minister Muhammad bin Abdul Karim Issa,
The imprisonment of Waleed Abu al-Khair is a violation of international human rights. It is also in violation of ‘The Arab Charter on Human Rights’ to which your government is a signee. I ask that you respect these treaties and immediately and unconditionally release Waleed Abu al-Khair.
By releasing Abu al-Khair, your government will be able to improve its human rights record. His release will also improve the kingdom’s status in the international community. I implore you to do the right thing in this case and protect the freedom of expression in Saudi Arabia.
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