Amnesty International charges Saudis using anti-terror law to crush dissent
- « World Tribune » - 5 / 8 / 2011 - 4:05 am
Saudi Arabia is said to have drafted counter-insurgency legislation meant to crack down on the pro-democracy opposition.
The London-based Amnesty International asserted that Riyad planned to crack down on dissent in the Gulf Cooperation Council kingdom under the guise of CI measures. Amnesty cited a draft law that would sentence to at least 10 years anybody who questions the integrity of the king or crown prince.
"This draft law poses a serious threat to freedom of expression in the kingdom in the name of preventing terrorism," Amnesty said on July 22. "If passed it would pave the way for even the smallest acts of peaceful dissent to be branded terrorism."