Document - Saudi Arabia: Arrest, torture and loss of livelihood for protest

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AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL �MEDIA ADVISORY ��AI Index: MDE 23/014/2012�Date: 25 May 2012

SAUDI ARABIA: ARREST, TORTURE AND LOSS OF LIVELIHOOD FOR PROTEST

On 28 May, Amnesty International is issuing a report highlighting a range of measures amounting to human rights violations taken against protesters and others suspected of exercising their right to freedom of expression in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia.

�The report documents patterns of human rights violations in the Eastern Province against mainly Shi’a Muslims suspected of participating in protests or of engaging in activities that fall under their rights to freedom of expression but seen by the authorities as a challenge to the government or sympathetic to protesters in Bahrain.

Amnesty International, while recognizing the responsibility of the Saudi Arabian authorities to preserve public order, is concerned that many of those arrested appear to have been detained arbitrarily. The organization is particularly concerned about reports that several of those held have been subjected to torture or ill-treatment.

Amnesty International has also documented cases where individuals have been subjected, among other measures, to travel bans or dismissed from employment apparently to punish them for exercising their right to freedom of expression or assembly.

When:

The report will be released at 0001hrs BST on 28 May 2012. ��Spokespeople:

Cilina Nasser, Researcher, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Amnesty International.

Philip Luther, Programme Director, Middle East & North Africa, Amnesty International.� �Contact:

For more information please contact Shukri Shewayish in the Amnesty International Press Office on +44 (0) 20 7413 5511 or email press@amnesty.org ��

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