The Specialized Criminal Court in Riyadh has upheld Saudi Arabian human rights defender Issa al-Hamid’s 11-year prison sentence. It is feared that he could be detained at any time to start serving his sentence. If detained he will be a prisoner of conscience.
- Calling on the Saudi Arabian authorities to quash Issa al-Hamid’s conviction, ensuring that he is not detained, as he has been sentenced solely for the peaceful exercise of his rights to freedom of expression and association;
- Calling on them to conduct a prompt, impartial, independent and effective investigation into his allegations of ill-treatment while in custody;
- Calling on them to ensure that the criminal justice system is not misused to target or harass human rights defenders