22 July 2009
In November 2008 Khalil Abdul Rahman Abdul Karim al-Janahi was deported from Saudi Arabia to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) where he was immediately detained and held in incommunicado detention. He was released uncharged in June 2009. Khalil al-Janahi’s story is one among thousands of people who have had their human rights violated in the name of counter-terrorism. Amnesty International calls on the Saudi Arabian authorities to end all arbitrary detentions; to provide fair trials to all detainees held; and to investigate all allegations of torture.
In the name of security and the fight against terrorism, the Saudi Arabian authorities have launched a sustained assault on human rights. Combined with severe repression of all forms of dissent and an extremely weak human rights institutional framework, this has resulted in an almost complete lack of protection of freedoms and rights in Saudi Arabia. This report evaluates the impact on human rights of the counterterrorism measures introduced in Saudi Arabia in recent years and highlights several cases of prisoners.