ACPRA Statement on Activists Trial

The Saudi Civil and Political Rights Association (ACPRA) has released a statement today about the jail sentences handed down to its co-founders Mohammed Fahad al-Qahtani and Abdullah al-Hamed last Saturday. In the statement, ACPRA called the trial “purely political” and based on prosecution of opinions. “We confirm and repeat that the origin of this case is the human rights violations committed by the Saudi government, and our attempt to stand up to these violation and document them,” ACPRA said. The statement also revealed that al-Qahtani and al-Hamed have been told during interrogation that the government will not seek legal action against them if they agreed to stop their activism, but according to the statement the two men preferred “going to jail over going silent.”