March 6, 2017

Urgent Action Update: Human Rights Defender’s Prison Sentence Upheld (Saudi Arabia: UA 86/16)


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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.

 

1) TAKE ACTION
Write a letter, send an email, call, fax or tweet:
  • 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
Contact these two officials by 17 April, 2017:
King and Prime Minister
His Majesty 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: (via Ministry of the Interior)
+966 11 403 3125 (please keep trying)
Twitter: @KingSalman
Salutation: Your Majesty
 
Ambassador Abdullah bin Fisal
Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia
601 New Hampshire Ave. NW
Washington DC 20037
Fax: 1 202 944 5983
Phone: 1 202 342 3800
Email: [email protected]
Salutation: Dear Ambassador
 
2) LET US KNOW YOU TOOK ACTION
Here's why it is so important to report your actions: we record the number and types of actions taken—letters, emails, calls and tweets—on each case and use that information in our advocacy. 
 
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