URGENT ACTION HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVIST DETAINED AFTER PROTEST Mohammad Salih al-Bajadi | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it


Mohammad Salih al-Bajadi is one of the founders of the Saudi Civil and Political Rights Association (ACPRA), established in October 2009 but not officially recognized. He was arrested at his home in the town of Buraidah in the province of al-Qassim, north of the capital, Riyadh, in the evening of 21 March. He was taken away by uniformed security force agents and men in civilian clothes believed to be members of the Ministry of Interior’s General Intelligence, who also reportedly confiscated books, documents and a laptop from his home. They then escorted him to his office where they are said to have confiscated more books, documents and another computer and to have filmed the inside of his office.  The previous day, he had attended a protest in Riyadh, outside the offices of the Ministry of Interior. He had tweeted messages about the protest beforehand. He may be held solely for peacefully exercising his right to freedom of
expression and may therefore be a prisoner of conscience.