Saudi Arabia arrests 7 reform advocates in the kingdom

The Saudi Arabian regime has recently arrested at least seven people, including two US citizens, for demanding reforms.

The human rights organization ALQST, based in London, the capital of the United Kingdom, has reported on Friday the arrest of these activists and revealed the identification of Americans with dual nationality.

ALQST confirms that those arrested are “writers and bloggers” in favour of reforms in the Arab kingdom and that the arrests were made during a new police operation.

One of the detainees is Salah al-Haidar, son of prominent activist Aziza al-Yusef, who is on trial for defending women’s rights and challenging the driving ban on women in the kingdom.

Human rights organizations have repeatedly criticized the United Kingdom and the United States for allowing the Saudi regime to violate human rights.

On 21 November, Human Rights Watch (HRW) and Amnesty International (AI) denounced that at least 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 the use of “electric shocks and lashes”.

In an unprecedented act, 36 countries around the world condemned the critical human rights situation in Saudi Arabia before the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on 7 March.

According to these 36 countries, “human rights defenders and civil society groups can and should play a vital role in the kingdom’s reform process.

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