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Saudi Arabia: Further information on fear of torture or ill treatment /incommunicado detention/possible prisoners of conscience

, Index number: MDE 23/035/2007

Eight women (Lulowa al-Dir'i, Hila al-Husni, Lulowa al-Husni, Um 'Abdel Rahman al 'Awda, Zainab al-Mikhlif, Khowla al-Mikhlif, Hila Ibrahim and Tarfa Ibrahim) were released without charge on around 8 September 2007, less than a week after they were detained. They had been arrested on 2 September, the day after they took part in a protest north of Riyadh against the prolonged detention of their male relatives, who are suspected political opponents of the government.

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