April 28, 2014

Saudi Arabia: Waleed Abu al-Khair Starts Hunger Strike (UA 98/14)


Imprisoned human rights defender and lawyer, Waleed Abu al-Khair, began a hunger strike on 7 June to protest the prison authorities’ refusal to provide him with adequate medical care and because of his ongoing ill-treatment. 
1) Please write immediately in English, Arabic or your own language:
  • Urging the authorities to ensure that Waleed Abu al-Khair is protected from torture and other ill-treatment, and has access to a qualified health professional who can provide health care in compliance with medical ethics, including the principles of confidentiality, autonomy and informed consent;
  • Calling on them to release Waleed Abu al-Khair immediately and unconditionally as he is a prisoner of conscience held solely for peacefully exercising his rights to freedom of expression, association and assembly;
  • Expressing concerns about the continuous harassing and targeting of Waleed Abu al-Khair and other human rights defenders in prison.
2) For the full Urgent Action, including appeal adresses and further information, please click on the Word or PDF version below. 
3) Please let us know if you took action so that we can track our impact! 
  • EITHER send a short email to [email protected] with UA 98/14 in the subject line, and include in the body of the email the number of letters and /or emails you sent; 
  • OR fill out this short online form to let us know how you took action.