Human Rights Lawyer Waleed Abu Al-Khair Attacked in Riaydh Prision
Human rights lawyer Waleed Abu Al-Khair has been attacked by inmates at the Al-Ha’ir prison in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
The Gulf Centre for Human Rights is reporting that the attacker was encouraged to carry out the beating by the prison administration. Reports suggested that the harassment and ill-treatment of Abu Al-Khair comes after he objected to the violation of the rights of prisoners by the prison administration itself.
Earlier this year Abu Al-Khair was transferred from Malaz prison in Jeddah to Al-Ha’ir rehabilitation prison, located in the city of Riyadh. This was the sixth time that Abu Al-Khair has been transferred to a new prison and it’s believed that his refusal to recognise the legitimacy of the trial court, in addition to not giving an apology to the court, were the reasons behind his recent transfer.
Human Rights Lawyer
Waleed Abu Al-Khair is a prominent human rights lawyer who founded, and is Director of, the NGO Monitor of Human Rights in Saudi Arabia (MHRSA). He was awarded the Olof Palme Prize for Human Rights in 2012 for his “strong, self-sacrificing and sustained struggle to promote respect for human and civil rights for both men and women in Saudi Arabia.”
The Monitor for Human Rights in Saudi Arabia (MHRSA) and the Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) express grave concern at the continuing harassment and mistreatment of Waleed Abu Al-Khair and believe that his situation violates the provisions of the United Nations “Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners.”