A new official report reveals that activists imprisoned in Saudi Arabia are subjected to systematic torture and inhumane treatment by the Saudi regime.
In an article published on Sunday, the British daily The Guardian reports having had access to secret documents from the Saudi royal court assessing the situation of political prisoners in prisons in the Arab kingdom.
The documents come from an investigation ordered directly by the King of Saudi Arabia, Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, after international pressure has increased in recent months over the detention and treatment of political prisoners in the Arab country, the newspaper adds.
Some of the assessments leaked by The Guardian show that prisoners in Saudi Arabia suffer severe physical abuse and torture such as malnutrition, cuts, bruises and burns on their bodies. This would be the first documentary evidence of torture of political prisoners in this absolute monarchy, even though it officially denies any accusation.
Several of the leaked reports on the situation of the prisoners
The patient suffers from severe weight loss with continuous bloody vomiting. There is also a series of wounds and bruises scattered over various areas of the body.
There are several visible lesions on the patient’s chest and back.
The patient must be transferred from a solitary clinic to a specialized clinic for immediate treatment and additional medical examinations.
The patient suffers visible bruises on the body, especially on the back, abdomen, and thighs. He also appears to be malnourished due to lack of food, facial paleness, and general body weakness.
The patient is unable to move at all due to wounds in both legs, as well as severe weakness in the body due to malnutrition and lack of fluids.
The patient suffers severe burns all over the body. Old wounds were not completely healed due to medical negligence.
The British daily also notes that the Saudi King has ordered a review of the decision to arrest some 200 activists in Saudi Arabia, in a crackdown ordered by his heir to the throne, Prince Muhammed bin Salman.
The Guardian, however, has stressed that this investigation followed massive international criticism of Al Saud’s regime for the murder of journalist Jamal Jashoggi at the Saudi consulate in the Turkish city of Istanbul.
For the time being, the Saudi authorities have refused to comment on the information, but they have not denied the authenticity of the report either. In any case, The Guardian has been able to verify some of this information.
Last November, Human Rights Watch (HRW) and Amnesty International (AI) reported that three Saudi activists working on behalf of women, who have been held since May in an unofficial detention centre in the Saudi city of Yedda, have been subjected to sexual abuse and torture, including “electric shocks and lashes”.