Aug 07, 2022 12:29 UTC
  • Families of women imprisoned in Saudi Arabia emotionally, physically tormented: Legal activist

A Saudi legal activist says family members of women being kept behind bars at detention centers across the kingdom are physically and psychologically tormented, as a brutal crackdown led by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman against political opponents, human rights campaigners and intellectuals widens in the country.

“Apart from brutal tortures that female detainees in Saudi Arabia are subjected to, authorities place intolerable mental, psychological and emotional burdens on their families,” Nada al-Saffar said in a post published on Twitter on Saturday.

She added “Saudi security institutions persistently threaten the families about their fate and those of their detained loved ones.”

“These tortures are applied against both parties, the families and female detainees, through different means; and unfortunately the torturers are under complete protection of the ruling Saudi regime,” Saffar noted.

The report comes as the rights group Prisoners of Conscience, which is an independent non-governmental organization seeking to promote human rights in Saudi Arabia, stated in a post on its official Twitter page that Saudi authorities are holding three people without charge or trial.

The rights group identified the detainees as Abdullah al-Tuwaijri, Othman al-Zahrani, and Talal Abdullah.

The Prisoners of Conscience went on to say that the three men are being held at the maximum-security al-Ha'ir Prison, located approximately 40 kilometers (25 miles) south of the capital Riyadh, despite the fact they have not been involved in any crime.

A new report has revealed that imprisoned political opponents and pro-democracy campaigners in Saudi Arabia are being murdered, sexually assaulted, and subjected to “sheer” brutality at detention centers across the kingdom.