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Saudi Arabia must take immediate steps to address concerns of UN Special Rapporteur on counter-terrorism: Statement to the UN Human Rights Council

, Index number: MDE 23/7760/2018

At its 37th regular session, the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) will consider the report of the former Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism concerning his visit to Saudi Arabia from 20 April to 4 May 2017. Amnesty International welcomes the preliminary findings of the former Special Rapporteur, and commends the mandate for its continuing engagement with the Saudi Arabian authorities. The organization is, however, concerned about the Saudi Arabian government’s denial of access, despite repeated requests during the visit, to human rights defenders, writers, bloggers and journalists who have been prosecuted by the 2014 Law on Counter Terrorism and its Financing (the counter-terror law).

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