Friday, October 16, 2015

Raise Your Voice for Those Who Have No Voice


Raise your voice for those denied millions of humans around our unfair sphere whose brave innocent voices have been silenced by intolerance, threat, punishment, torture, imprisonment, execution...

Why? Because they have stood up for human rights, justice, compassion, and ethical truth.


Here is one case among millions. Do what you can for this imprisoned human being of conscience whose voice has been silenced.

Amnesty International's News Post:

Saudi Arabia: Release Dr Abdulrahman al-Hamid (UA 102/14)

URGENT ACTION

"Saudi Arabian human rights activist Dr Abdulrahman al-Hamid, a founding member of the Saudi Civil and Political Rights Association (ACPRA), has been sentenced to nine years in prison followed by a nine-year travel ban. He is a prisoner of conscience.


Please write immediately in English, Arabic or your own language:
Calling on the authorities to release Dr Abdulrahman al-Hamid immediately and unconditionally as he is a prisoner of conscience detained solely for exercising his rights to freedom of expression, association and assembly;
Urging them to ensure that Dr Abdulrahman al-Hamid’s sentence is quashed and his conviction overturned;
Urging them to ensure that he is provided with regular access to his family and any medical treatment he may require.

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Dr Abdulrahman al-Hamid, 53, founding member of the independent human rights organization ACPRA, and its first
president, was sentenced on 13 October to nine years in prison followed by a nine-year travel ban, and a fine of 50,000
Saudi Arabian riyals (about US$13,300) by the Specialized Criminal Court (SCC). He was convicted of offences including
incitement against public order and spreading chaos by taking part in drafting and publishing a statement that called for
demonstrations, disrespecting the judicial authorities and participating in setting up an unlicensed organization
(understood to be ACPRA).

Dr Abdulrahman al-Hamid had been arrested on 17 April 2014 when he followed instructions he received by telephone to
go to the Criminal Investigation Department in Buraydah in the central province of al-Qassim. He went there, together with
his son, after the Asr prayer (afternoon prayer) and was immediately arrested. Days earlier, he and other activists had
signed a statement calling for the Minister of Interior to be put on trial “for his policy in suppressing public freedoms”. His
trial before the SCC started in early July 2014.

He was detained incommunicado at first, and was only allowed family visits after he went on a hunger strike in protest at
being unfairly detained. He has only been provided with intermittent treatment for his diabetes, for which he requires a
daily medical treatment. He is now detained in al-Qassim prison in Buraydah.

ACPRA was founded in 2009. Dr Abdulrahman al-Hamid is the ninth of its founding members to be sent to prison since
2012.

Please write immediately in English, Arabic or your own language:
 Calling on the authorities to release Dr Abdulrahman al-Hamid immediately and unconditionally as he is a prisoner of
conscience detained solely for exercising his rights to freedom of expression, association and assembly;
 Urging them to ensure that Dr Abdulrahman al-Hamid’s sentence is quashed and his conviction overturned;
 Urging them to ensure that he is provided with regular access to his family and any medical treatment he may require.

PLEASE SEND APPEALS BEFORE 26 NOVEMBER 2015 TO:
King and Prime Minister
His Majesty Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud
The Custodian of the two Holy Mosques
Office of His Majesty the King
Royal Court, Riyadh
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Fax: (via Ministry of the Interior)
+966 11 403 3125 (please keep trying)
Twitter: @KingSalman
Salutation: Your Majesty

Minister of Interior
His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin
Naif bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud
Minister of Interior
Ministry of the Interior, P.O. Box 2933,
Airport Road, Riyadh 11134 Kingdom of
Saudi Arabia
Fax: +966 11 403 3125 (please keep trying)
Salutation: Your Excellency

And copies to:
President, Human Rights Commission
Bandar Mohammed Abdullah al-Aiban
Human Rights Commission
PO Box 58889, Riyadh 11515
King Fahd Road
Building No. 3, Riyadh
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Fax: +966 11 418 5101
Email: info@hrc.gov.sa

Also send copies to:
Ambassador Adel A. Al-Jubeir, Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia
601 New Hampshire Ave. NW, Washington DC 20037"

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In the Light,

Daniel Wilcox

3 comments:

Yekaterina Haussler said...
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Yekaterina Haussler said...

Hello, Dan,
As much as I am moved by your honorable intentions, I maintain that there are very similar things happening - a lot closer to home.
Two examples of that would be Glenn Ford and Richard Glossip.

Thank you,
Katya

Daniel Wilcox said...

Hi Katya,

Thanks for siting these terrible miscarriages of justice--Glenn Ford and Richard Glossip. Ford's case is appalling, especially obscene that he wasn't even reimbursed any money for all of those bad 30 years he spent in prison for a murder he didn't commit.

What is wrong with the justice system in Louisiana!?

Some days, it just gets hard to have hope.

Daniel