Please allow me to express my concern about Dr Abdullah al-Hamid and Mohammad al-Qahtani, two of the co-founders of the human rights organization Saudi Civil and Political Rights Association (ACPRA). They were sentenced on 9 March to five and 10 years’ imprisonment, on charges relating to their human rights activism and criticism of the Saudi Arabian authorities.
I call on you to release Dr Abdullah al-Hamid and Mohammad al-Qahtani immediately and unconditionally as they are prisoners of conscience held solely for the exercise of their rights to freedom of expression and assembly.
I also ask you to ensure that Dr Abdullah al-Hamid and Mohammad al-Qahtani are protected from torture and other ill-treatment, and given immediate and regular access to their families and lawyers.
Thank you in advance for your attention.