PressTV-UK MPs, lawyers seek visit to jailed Saudi female activists

A cross-party group of British parliamentarians and international lawyers has asked Saudi Arabia to allow them access to the maximum security Dhahban prison, where the regime holds female activists, amid reports of torture and sexual harassment there.

In a letter to the Saudi ambassador to London, Mohammed bin Nawwaf bin Abdulaziz, on Wednesday, head of the UK Detention Review Panel (DRP) MP Crispin Blunt demanded the facilitation of a visit to Dhahban prison near the city of Jeddah to speak to the activists behind bars there and investigate those reports, Al Jazeera reported.

“We hope to be able to gather direct testimony from the detainees during our visit in Saudi Arabia,” Blunt wrote, adding the group wanted to also “meet and interview officials responsible for and tasked” with detaining the activists.

Several international rights groups, including Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have voiced concern about the…

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