Saudi human rights activist Mohammed Saleh al-Bajady was sentenced in April
2012 to four years’ imprisonment and a five-year travel ban for communicating
with foreign bodies
"The Saudi Arabian authorities must withdraw their threat to deal “firmly” with
people taking part in demonstrations and refrain from detaining those who
exercise their right to peaceful protest, Amnesty International said.
organization’s call came after the Minister of Interior issued a statement last
week warning anyone taking part in demonstrations that they would face
prosecution and be “firmly dealt with” by members of the security
“The Saudi authorities must end their repeated moves to stifle
people’s attempts to protest against the widespread use of arbitrary detention
in the country,” said Philip Luther, Director of Amnesty International’s Middle
East and North Africa Programme.
“The right of people to peaceful protest
must be respected and the security forces must refrain from detaining or using
excessive force against people who exercise it.”
The Ministry of Interior
statement also disclosed the names of 10 people who have undergone, or are
undergoing, judicial procedures in relation to crimes of “the deviant group”.
They included in this list human rights activist Mohammed Saleh al-Bajady, who
was sentenced in April 2012 to four years’ imprisonment and a five-year travel
ban for communicating with foreign bodies “to carry out activities that
He was also reportedly convicted of participating
in the establishment of a human rights organization, harming the image of the
state through the media, calling on the families of detainees to protest and
hold sit-ins, contesting the independence of the judiciary and having banned
books in his possession......."