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Free Saudi Human Rights Activist Mohammed al-Bajadi NOW!!

Petition published by John S. Burke on Apr 14, 2012
28 Signatures 
Target: King Abdullah bin Abdul-Aziz, Saudi embassies, US State Department, Bank Ki-Moon, Navi Pillay
Region: GLOBAL

Petition Background (Preamble):

Mohammed al-Bajadi, leader of Saudi Civil and Political Rights Association (ACPRA), was detained in March 2011 for supporting families gathering outside the interior ministry in Riyadh to demand the release of detained relatives.

His trial on various charges, including the tarnishing of the state's reputation, has been suspended as he refused to recognize the court. Judges have prohibited Mr Bajadi's lawyers from attending his trial at the Specialised Criminal Court, a state security tribunal for terrorism cases.

On the weekend, ACPRA published a letter from Mr Bajadi which was smuggled out of his prison by someone who visited another inmate.

"I inform you that I am still continuing with my hunger strike," he wrote.

"On Tuesday 20 March I was taken to the prison hospital for a check-up and force fed in the presence of five soldiers and the ward officer."

He added: "I have lost around 10kg (22lb) and my blood sugar level, according to them, has dropped to a dangerous level."

Activists tried unsuccessfully to visit Mr Bajadi in prison on 2 April.

"The interior ministry... carries full responsibility over the deteriorating health condition of the prominent rights activist and member of the association, Mohammed bin Saleh al-Bajadi," ACPRA said in a statement.

Mr Bajadi "stopped drinking water early Saturday... fainting four times in a row, which proves that his life is in danger and his death inevitable."

But on Tuesday evening, the interior ministry rejected the claim.

"Mohammed al-Bajadi did not go on hunger strike and he is in good health, consuming food on a regular basis and in the company of other inmates," Mr Turki told the Reuters news agency.

Petition:

WHEREAS: Mohammed al-Bajadi is clearly a prisoner of conscience, arrested and imprisoned solely for peacefully practicising his rights as guaranteed by international law;

and WHEREAS: The Saudi government is only adding reasons to fear for Mr. al-Bajadi's well being by denying the reports of his hunger strike, which Mr. al-Bajadi himself has smuggled out of prison;

THEREFORE, we the undersigned demand that the Saudi government prove to the international community its goodwill and good standing as a member of said community of nations by immediately and unconditionally releasing Mr. al-Bajadi. Any failure to do so must result in responsible members of the international community taking up Mr. al-Bajadi's cause and bringing all possible pressure to bear upon the Saudi government to secure his release.

The Free Saudi Human Rights Activist Mohammed al-Bajadi NOW!! petition to King Abdullah bin Abdul-Aziz, Saudi embassies, US State Department, Bank Ki-Moon, Navi Pillay was written by John S. Burke and is in the category Human Rights at GoPetition. Contact author here. Petition tags: , , , , , ,

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