With growing calls for reform and increase activism against Saudi Arabia’s gross violation of human rights in the country, Saudi authorities have reportedly relaucnhed a harder crackdown on activists.
Amnesty International wrote on April 16 about the imprisonment of lawyer and human rights activist Waleed Abu al-Khair who was jailed on Tuesday while his case is still in the court. Among charges leveled against al-Khair are included “inciting international organizations against the Kingdom” and “disrespecting the authorities”.
Press TV reports that Human Right Watch (HRW) has slammed the Saudi oppression of human rights activists and urged the state to free all its human rights activists. The report also notes that Saudi Arabia has exhibited a growing intolerance toward those Saudi citizens who demanded reforms last year.