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.

London-based and Arabic-language Nabaa television news network, citing social media activists, reported that 39 Qatif residents are facing death penalty at various levels of litigation.

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.

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🔴 هام | يرصد حساب 39 حالةً يواجه فيها معتقلون من أبناء 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.

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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.

Majid Abdullah al-Adam died ten days after regime forces, armed with heavy weapons and artillery launchers, stormed into the al-Jash district of Qatif onboard armored vehicles.

The sources added that the forces fired indiscriminately, inflicting damage on many houses and buildings. Adam suffered critical injuries during the raid.

Over the past years, Riyadh has also redefined its anti-terrorism laws to target activism.

In January 2016, Saudi authorities executed Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr, who was an outspoken critic of the Riyadh regime. Nimr had been arrested in Qatif, Eastern Province, in 2012.

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  1. People who make Thomas Jefferson quotes and walk for exercise have already been mentioned by our secret police, the FBI, as potential homegrown terrorists. Who knows when someone in our flaky government will think of Saudi Arabia as having progressive politics.

  2. The rest of the world must boycott these backward monsters living in the dark ages until they end this human brutality. Just because they are sitting on oil does not give them rights to gang rape humanity. Any country which supports these criminals is just as bad beginning with the monster U.S. How about treating the whores in Congress like this who have sold us out to Israel?

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