09/03/2019

Urgent Action: Qatari Father and Son Disappeared (Saudi Arabia: UA 114.19)


On 18 August 2019, the family of two Qatari men, Ali Nasser Ali Jarallah (70) and his son Abdulhadi Ali Nasser Ali Jarallah (17) lost all contact with them as the two men travelled through Saudi Arabia to visit relatives. The father and son entered Saudi Arabia on 15 August on family visas and were on their way to Dammam. Amnesty International is concerned that they may have been forcibly disappeared.

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His Majesty King Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud
The Custodian of the two Holy Mosques
Office of His Majesty the King
Royal Court, Riyadh
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Fax: +966 11 403 3125
Ambassador Princess Reema Bandar Al-Saud
Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia
601 New Hampshire Ave. NW, Washington DC 20037
Phone: 202 342 3800
Contact Form: https://bit.ly/2KScqag
Twitter: @SaudiEmbassyUSA
Salutation: Your Royal Highness

Your Majesty King Salman,

On 15 August 2019, two Qatari men, Ali Nasser Ali Jarallah (70) and his son Abdulhadi Ali Nasser Ali Jarallah (17), entered Saudi Arabia on valid family visas on their way to visit Ali Jarallah’s brother in Dammam, in the Eastern Province. The two men were in contact with their family in Qatar until 18 August, when they were nearing the city of al-Hofuf in the Eastern Province. Since then all communication was lost and they disappeared.

Ali Jarallah is diabetic and suffers from heart and kidney problems as well as high blood pressure. He is on regular medication and must attend his regular doctor’s appointments in Doha.

According to a trusted source, there are good reasons to believe that the father and son may have been arbitrarily detained by the Presidency of State Security.

I call on your Majesty to immediately reveal the whereabouts of Ali Jarallah and his son Abdulhadi Jarallah; and if detained, to disclose the reason for their detention, and release them unless they are promptly charged with a recognizable criminal offense in accordance with the principles of due process recognized by international law. In the meantime, Ali Nasser Ali Jarallah must be immediately granted all medical access his situation requires.

Yours sincerely,

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