Two British human rights lawyers have announced their plan to pursue suspension of Saudi Arabia from the UN Human Rights Council after 61 people were arbitrarily detained or disappeared in a recent round of Riyadh’s crackdown on public dissent.
In a Tuesday statement, lawyers Ken Macdonald and Rodney Dixon announced that they will submit their report to the Council in Geneva on Wednesday, stressing that the detentions carried out in September 2017 were “in breach of both Saudi and international law.”
The report has accused the Saudi officials of “targeting human rights activists, political dissidents and others merely exercising their right to free speech.”
The arrests are “part of an ongoing, established and long-running pattern of abuse” by the Riyadh regime, the statement said.
The report said Saudi authorities started the wave of arrests on September 10 by detaining prominent clerics including Salman al-Awdah and Awad al-Qarni, noting,…