PFIF Asked Assign International UN Rapporteur On Saudi Arabia HR Situation

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PARIS – Paris Francophone Institute for Freedoms PFIF called for the United Nations to appoint a special rapporteur on the human rights situation in Saudi Arabia in light of the escalating violations.

PFIf urged the United Nations Human Rights Council to decide to appoint a special rapporteur on the human rights situation in Saudi Arabia at its next session in March.

The International Human Rights Institute stressed the need to take this step due to the human rights violations in Saudi Arabia and the latest abduction and enforced disappearance of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi and the strong chances of killing him horribly.

PFIF pointed out that Khashoggi was subjected to enforced disappearance and his fate is unknown since he entered the headquarters of the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey which makes Riyadh bear full responsibility for his life and safety.

Khashoggi is known for publishing opinions and articles criticizing the human rights violations of his country’s regime, making him a target for the Saudi authorities.

PFIF highlighted the black record of the Saudi authorities violations including its arbitrary arrests of hundreds of preachers, academics and human rights activists and the practice of extortion against the families of activists living abroad.

It stressed that these abuses reached a dangerous and unprecedented level in the light of the detention of hundreds of prisoners of conscience in arbitrarily without any legal basis to express a challenge from Riyadh to the growing international criticism of its illegal practices.

Detainees in Saudi Arabia also suffer from deliberate medical negligence in and a spread of several diseases, including “scabies”.  In addition, they are the prevented from visiting their families or meeting their lawyers.

PFIF also stressed international responsibility, including the United Nations and related international bodies, to compel the Saudi authorities to stop all forms of harassment of human rights activists and to immediately and unconditionally release detainees, including Saudi women who have been detained for several months.

PFIF concluded by stressing the need to act against the deplorable reality of Saudi Arabia’s human rights record. The Saudi regime is repressive and is led by unjust forces that do not hesitate to violate the basic rights of citizens and human rights activists, scientists, preachers, economists, writers and thinkers.

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