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Amnesty calls for case against Saudi human rights activists to be dropped

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Amnesty International has called for the case against two Saudi human rights’ activists who are facing trial in the kingdom to be dropped.
Abdullah bin Hamid bin Ali al-Hamid, 65, and Mohammad bin Fahad bin Muflih al-Qahtani, 46 years old, who both co-founded the Saudi Civil and Political Rights Association (ACPRA), went on trials on June 11 and June 18 respectively.

They had their latest trial session on Sept. 1 and faced a similar list of charges, including seeking to disrupt security and inciting disorder, undermining national unity and questioning the integrity of officials, according to Amnesty.

In a statement posted on its Website, Amnesty urged activists to "write immediately" in letters to the offices of the Saudi king and the minister of interior and urge the authorities in the kingdom to drop the case against the two activists.

The international human rights group said the case appeared to be “based solely on their legitimate work to defend human rights in Saudi Arabia and their criticism of the authorities.”

“If they are detained on such charges, Amnesty International would consider them to be prisoners of conscience and call for their immediate and unconditional release,” according to the statement.