Saudi authorities are going to execute dozens of imprisoned political dissidents from the country’s oil-rich and Shia-populated Eastern Province, amid a crackdown led by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman against pro-democracy campaigners, Muslim preachers and intellectuals in the ultra-conservative kingdom.
The report added that five detainees are already on the death row, while nine others have been sentenced to death. Another 26 inmates are facing death penalty at a request from the Public Prosecution.
هام | يرصد حساب #ناشط_قطيفي 39 حالةً يواجه فيها معتقلون من أبناء #القطيف أحكاماً بالإعدام في مختلف درجات التقاضي، الأمر الذي يستدعي تحركاً عاجلاً لإيقاف مُسلسل الإجرام الذي تتبعه الحكومة بعد محاكمات جائرة، تعرض فيها المعتقلون للتعذيب من أجل انتزاع اعترافات بالإكراه.
Eastern Province has been the scene of peaceful demonstrations since February 2011. Protesters have been demanding reforms, freedom of expression, the release of political prisoners, and an end to economic and religious discrimination against the oil-rich region.
The protests have been met with a heavy-handed crackdown by the regime, with regime forces increasing security measures across the province.
Back in mid-July, informed sources, requesting anonymity, said that a young Saudi man had died more than a week after being injured by regime forces when they raided a district in the province.
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