Thursday, September 20, 2007

Saudi rights activists demand recognition

by Lynne Roberts from Arabian Business

Saudi rights activists have urged the government to approve a human rights society set up four years ago ... Groups, including human rights watchdogs, should be allowed to operate "outside the control of government institutions," the statement said. The Shura Council has been looking into draft legislation which would grant the group, which advocates an Islam-based constitutional monarchy, recognition for over a year, it claimed. Two founders of the group were detained in Februrary along with seven other activists on suspicion of involvement in terror funding, and have since been held without trial. Appeals for their release have grown, with activists petitioning King Abdullah to intervene.

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