Report Charges Saudis with ‘New Wave of Repression’

Posted December 1st, 2011 at 6:45 am (UTC-5)
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A human rights group claims Saudi Arabia is rounding up protesters and would-be reformers to make sure the country does not get swept up in the Arab Spring.

Amnesty International Thursday accused Saudi Arabia of carrying out a “new wave of repression” as part of a crackdown on anti-government protesters.

Amnesty's interim Middle East director, Philip Luther, said hundreds of people have been arrested in an attempt to “stamp out” calls for reform.

The Amnesty International report alleges that more than 300 protesters have been arrested in Saudi Arabia since March. It says most have been released, often after promising not to protest again, and that many face travel bans.

The report also says the Saudi government has drafted a new terror law that would effectively criminalize dissent as a “terrorist crime.”