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President Obama Urged to Meet with Civil Society Leaders, Press Saudi Government to Release Jailed Activists During Upcoming Trip

President Obama Urged to Meet with Civil Society Leaders, Press Saudi Government to Release Jailed Activists During Upcoming Trip

Posted: 19th April 2016 By: Evelyne Abitbol Category: News Comment: 0

Human Rights First – Washington, D.C. – Human Rights First today called on President Obama to raise human rights concerns with Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) leaders during his trip to Saudi Arabia to participate in the GCC Summit on April 21. The call came in a letter to the president, urging him to highlight the repression suffered by independent civil society activists, to make time to  meet with members of Saudi civil society, and to call for the release of wrongfully detained prisoners and Saudi human rights activists Raif Badawi, Waleed Abu al-Khair, and Ashraf Fayadh. Badawi, al-Khair, and Fayadh are currently serving prison sentences for supporting freedom of expression and standing up for the rule of law.

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