Amnesty International reacts to the Saudi Interior Ministry statement that was issued on October 11:
“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 Program.
“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.”
Amnesty seems unhappy that the ministry grouped al-Bajady with terrorism suspects. The organization considers him to be “a prisoner of conscience.” Saudi journalist Bader al-Rashed said such grouping “is not innocent at all.” ♦