Target: King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud, King and Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia
Goal: Free activist being held apparently without charge
When Dr. Abdulrahman Al-Hamid received a summons from the Criminal Investigation Department in Burayda he complied, arriving at the building later the same day. Upon his arrival he was immediately arrested and his family has not heard from him since. Demand that authorities in Saudi Arabia disclose Al-Hamid’s whereabouts and either charge him or free him immediately.
Al-Hamid helped to found the Saudi Civil and Political Rights Association (ACPRA) and served as its first president. In this role he has been responsible for a number of investigations into reports of human rights violations in Saudi Arabia. According to Amnesty International he also recently co-signed a statement “calling for the Minister of Interior to be put on trial ‘for his policy in suppressing public freedoms.'” His activism, and his association with his brother Abdullah Al-Hamid, another prisoner of conscience, have marked him as a target for the Saudi government.
Abdulrahman Al-Hamid has diabetes and was still receiving follow-up care for a recent surgery when he was arrested. It is unknown if he has received any medical care in detention.
Targeting human rights workers is among the lowest acts a government can commit. Tell the Saudi government that Abdulrahman Al-Hamid’s disappearance has not gone unnoticed, and demand his immediate release.
I am writing to demand an immediate disclosure of the whereabouts of Dr. Abdulrahman Al-Hamid, who has been missing since his arrest on April 17. Dr. Al-Hamid has not been officially charged with any crime. His family has been given no news regarding his legal status, state of health, or location, and he requires medical care that he may not be receiving in detention. This is a violation of his most basic human rights.
The only apparent explanations for Dr. Al-Hamid’s arrest and detention are his commitment to human rights and his relationship to Dr. Abdullah Al-Hamid, his brother, who is also being held as a prisoner of conscience. Abdulrahman Al-Hamid is a founding member of the Saudi Civil and Political Rights Association (ACPRA) and has served as its first president. He recently co-signed a letter that urged for the Minister of the Interior to be put on trial “for his policy in suppressing public freedoms.”
Dr. Al-Hamid has diabetes and recently underwent surgery. He was still receiving post-surgery medical care at the time of his arrest, and it is unclear whether he has been receiving necessary medical care while he remains in detention.
It is clear what must be done. First, the whereabouts of Abdulrahman Al-Hamid must be revealed immediately, and he must be granted contact with his family. Second, he must be promptly charged with an internationally-recognizable crime or else released. If he remains in custody, he must be provided with adequate medical care and his human rights must be respected. The world is watching.
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