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HRW report on Saudi activists inside Saudi Arabia resisting government efforts to silence them.

HRW report on Saudi activists inside Saudi Arabia resisting government efforts to silence them.

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This report presents the stories of 11 prominent Saudi social and political rights activists, and their struggle to resist government efforts to silence them. Saudi Arabia’s sweeping campaign against human rights and civil society activists has included threats,
intimidation, investigations, prosecutions, and detentions. The 11 individuals profiled in
this report demonstrate some of the struggles and successes of Saudi Arabia’s small but growing activist community.

Several of the activists profiled in this report used social media and online forums to
initiate campaigns and build networks, which have been a major feature of rights activism
in Saudi Arabia since 2009. Tens of thousands of Saudi citizens have participated in online campaigns, such as a campaign to free Samar Badawi, a woman jailed for “parental disobedience” according to a judge’s interpretation of Islamic law, and the “Women2Drive” initiative, an advocacy campaign that encourages Saudi women to drive in defiance of the government ban on women driving.
A number of recently founded, mostly Internet-based, nongovernmental human rights organizations regularly issue statements on individual cases of human rights abuses. Despite the authorities’ efforts to block online content, Saudis – at least 49 percent of whom have Internet access – have used Internet forums to bypass heavily censored state media.
This report presents the stories of 11 prominent Saudi social and political rights activists, and their struggle to resist government efforts to silence them. Saudi Arabia’s sweeping campaign against human rights and civil society activists has included threats,
intimidation, investigations, prosecutions, and detentions. The 11 individuals profiled in
this report demonstrate some of the struggles and successes of Saudi Arabia’s small but growing activist community.

Several of the activists profiled in this report used social media and online forums to
initiate campaigns and build networks, which have been a major feature of rights activism
in Saudi Arabia since 2009. Tens of thousands of Saudi citizens have participated in online campaigns, such as a campaign to free Samar Badawi, a woman jailed for “parental disobedience” according to a judge’s interpretation of Islamic law, and the “Women2Drive” initiative, an advocacy campaign that encourages Saudi women to drive in defiance of the government ban on women driving.
A number of recently founded, mostly Internet-based, nongovernmental human rights organizations regularly issue statements on individual cases of human rights abuses. Despite the authorities’ efforts to block online content, Saudis – at least 49 percent of whom have Internet access – have used Internet forums to bypass heavily censored state media.

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Published by: Tarek Fatah on Dec 26, 2013
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