Saudi Rights Group Asks Government to Release Protesters

Authorities must free all detained protesters, the Saudi Civil and Political Rights Association (ACPRA) said in a statement released Sunday. In the statement published on their site, ACPRA listed the names of 37 women and 12 children who were arrested after staging protests in Riyadh and Buraidah on Saturday to demand the release of the detained family members. “ACPRA demands the immediate release of all protesters, women and men,” the statement said, “as protest is a legitimate right guaranteed by Sharia and international accords signed by the Saudi government.” ACPRA added that there is no text in the Saudi law that says protests are illegal.