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Saudi Arabia's Political Prisoners: Towards a Third Decade of Silence

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Saudi ReportIHRC’s latest briefing deals with the little known plight of political prisoners in Saudi Arabia.

The briefing can be downloaded at the end of the page, or by clicking here.  Saudi Arabia is a country in which the al-Saud family represents the absolute political, cultural and religious authority. This absolutist nature of the Saudi state ensures that free speech is stifled and that all forms of political opposition and dissent are harshly suppressed and silenced.

111003saudibriefingcoverfullAmong the primary tools of this suppression, the government employs the tactic of arbitrary detention without charge or trial, in addition to staging sham trials lacking any semblance of due process, both of which have become hallmarks of Saudi “justice.”

Political imprisonment in Saudi Arabia is an epidemic has not spared any sector of Saudi society, with insider reports estimating the number of political prisoners in the country to be over 30,000 out of a population of around 18 million Saudi nationals.

The apalling conditions of Saudi prisons can be seen in the following images secretly taken on Friday 30 July 2011. (Link to the photos)

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