Three active Saudi human rights groups have called on the international community to intervene to end the violations

December 24, 2014 11:20 am

In a letter, which has also been sent
to the UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, the groups urged international
organizations to help residents in eastern Saudi Arabia. Three active Saudi human rights
groups to intervene to end
the violations committed by the government against people in the east of
the country.

The groups working in the field of freedoms and human rights in the
kingdom also asked the government to stop what they call abuses and all
forms of discrimination against its people.

They said that the Saudi regime should prepare the ground for free local elections.

This comes days after the recent killing of a group of people in restive Eastern Province.

On December 20, at least five people were killed by Saudi forces in
the Shia-majority town of Awamia.  Several people were also arrested.

There have been numerous demonstrations in Saudi Arabia’s oil-rich
Eastern Province since 2011, with the protesters calling for political
reform and an end to widespread discrimination. Several people have been
killed and many others injured or arrested during the demonstrations.

Activists say there are over 30,000 political prisoners in Saudi Arabia.

The Al Saud government has come under fire from international human
rights organizations for failing to address the rights situation in the
monarchy. They say Riyadh has persistently implemented repressive
policies that stifle freedom of expression, association, and assembly.

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