Saudi Arabia: Arrest human rights defender Fadel Al-Manasef
Rasid - Front Line Defenders - 13 / 10 / 2011 - 9:21 pm
Fadhil Makki al-Manasif
Fadhil Makki al-Manasif

On 2 October 2011, human rights defender Mr Fadel Mekki Al-Manasef was arrested and detained by the Saudi police at a police check point between the towns of Al-Awamiyya and Al-Safawi in the eastern province of Saudi Arabia.

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It is reported that he is currently being detained incommunicado. Fadel Mekki Al-Manasef is a prominent young human rights defender who has been involved in drawing attention to human rights violations committed by the Saudi authorities, including the public prosecutor and the National Human Rights Association.

Following his arrest Fadel Mekki Al-Manasef was taken to Al-Safawi police station where it is reported that he was issued with a renewable five-day detention warrant. He was initially held there under the pretext of allegedly resisting security forces, before being moved to a police station in the city of Dhahran where he was subsequently held incommunicado in solitary confinement.

On 10 October 2011, Mr Al-Manasef was permitted to telephone his family and to tell them that he had been moved to Dammam General Directorate of Investigation Prison, where he continues to be held incommunicado.

At the time of his arrest, Fadel Mekki Al-Manasef was involved in assisting Mr Hasan Al Zayd, who had been arrested by the authorities in lieu of his son who is being sought by the security forces. Fadel Mekki Al-Manasef visited Al-Awamiyya police station in order to inform the police that the arrest of Mr Al Zayd in lieu of his son was unlawful and to urge them to release him. While at the police station Mr Al Zayd felt ill as a result of a heart condition which he suffers from. He was then taken to the intensive care unit of a hospital by a Saudi Red Crescent Ambulance in the company of another of his sons, who had accompanied Fadel Mekki Al-Manasef to the police station. The human rights defender followed them in his car only to be arrested at the following police check point.

Front Line fears that Fadel Mekki Al-Manasef may be tortured and ill-treated as punishment for his human rights work, especially considering the ill-treatment that he has recently been subjected to while in detention at the Al-Khubar Prison in the Eastern province of Saudi Arabia.

He was detained in the Al-Khubar Prison and other detention centres from 4 May 2011, before being released without charge on 22 August 2011. The Saudi security forces are notorious for their torture and ill-treatment of human rights defenders and political prisoners, particularly during incommunicado detention.

Front Line believes that the arrest and detention of Fadel Mekki Al-Manasef are directly related to his legitimate and peaceful work in defence of human rights, including his provision of legal assistance to victims of human rights violations. Front Line is gravely concerned for the physical and psychological integrity and security of Fadel Mekki Al-Manasef.

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