Amnesty calls on Saudi to ensure held Juveniles protection from torture
By: Mohamed Ali
NEW YORK, United States: Amnesty International said that at least
10 Shia men from the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia, including seven
juveniles, are being held incommunicado and are at risk of torture or
They were arrested this month in connection with demonstrations
against the arrest by security forces of Shi’a visitors to the tomb of
the Prophet Muhammad (s) in the holy city of Madina.
The incident started when the Committee for the Prevention of Vice and
Promotion of Virtue (CPVPV), filmed Shi'a women visiting the tomb In
This angered a wider group of Shi'a men and women visiting the tomb
and led to them protesting outside the offices of the CPVPV in Madina
to request the handover of the footage.
The situation escalated into a series of clashes when members of
the CPVPV attacked the protesters; a number of the protesters were
injured and at least nine were arrested, but released after about one
week in detention.
Demonstrations are not allowed in Saudi Arabia. Those who defy this
ban are often held incommunicado without charge, denied access to the
courts to challenge the legality of their detention, and may be
The six juveniles aged between 14 and 16, were arrested between 4 and
8 March for taking part in a protest on 27 February in Safwa, Eastern
Province. They are held in a children’s home in al-Khober. Most of
them are reported to be denied visits by their families.
At least four others, including one juvenile, were arrested after
taking part in gatherings which have been taking place in al-'Awamiya
in the Eastern Province since 19 March. The gatherings have been held
in protest against an order issued for the arrest of Sheikh Nimr Baqir
al-Namr, a leading Shi'a cleric and mosque imam in al-'Awamiya. The
arrest order is said to be related to his criticism of the attacks on
Shi'a visitors to the tomb and of the general religious intolerance
against the Shi'a community in Saudi Arabia.
Those arrested include ‘Ali Ahmad al-Faraj, the 16-year-old nephew of
Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Namr, who was arrested on 22 March. They also
include Nouh ‘Ali Salih ‘Abdul Jabbar and Makki Al-‘Abbas, who were
arrested on 19 March. Their whereabouts are said to be unknown to
Amnesty International has called on the Saudi Arabian authorities to
ensure that the detainees are protected from torture and other
ill-treatment and that they are given regular access to their families
and lawyers, and any medical attention they may require.
The organization has also called on the authorities to release the
detainees immediately and unconditionally if they are being held
solely for taking part in peaceful protests.
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