A number of jurists, politicians, and Arab and international academics have called for the need to release the Saudi preacher Salman al-Awda, who has been arrested by the authorities of Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for more than three years.
This came during a hypothetical conference called “Contemporary Reformers Salman al-Awda as a Model”, which is organized by the Arc of Astronomy Center, over a period of two days. 34 personalities from different countries will participate in it.
During the conference, the attendees expressed their great condemnation of what they described as Arab and Islamic silence, about what Salman al-Awda is subjected to in a hermitage.
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On his first day as a translator for Arabic.
Note that the second day will be authentic and complete in Arabic
– Dr. Abdullah (@aalodah)
On Twitter, the hashtag “Salman_Owda Conference” topped the list of the most popular hashtags in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, coinciding with the launch of the virtual conference.
What is the guilt that Salman Al-Awda committed in order to restrict his freedom and treat him in a manner befitting only criminals?
A life lesson: no right is lost behind it.
– Khadija Saudi (@ hfruegg53)
Sheikh Salman Al-Awda:
Claiming rights and lifting injustice is not a violation of the ruler and does not contradict Sharia principles. Enjoining good and forbidding evil is a demand and it is part of the rights
– Dr. Hanan Al-Otaibi (@ Hanan_Utaybi)
Dozens of tweeters tweeted through the hashtag, with various interactions, most of which agreed on full solidarity with the arrested preacher.
When do they rejoice at your return to them?
— Sulman N (@salman2020q)
And the necessity of his speedy release, in addition to the lack of legitimacy or any justification for bin Salman for his arrest.
Salman Al-Odah is one of the flags of Islam
One of the tweeters said, through the hashtag, in solidarity: “Sheikh Salman al-Awda is one of the flags of Islam, a noble of the nation, and a noble man who has done dear and precious in the service of their religion and their nation.”
SheikhA scholar of Islam, a nobleman of the nation, and a noble man who offered dear and valuable in the service of their religion and their nation. It is the duty of the Prime Time Zone of the nation to stand with their right to freedom and a decent life. There is no future for a nation whose choice is humiliated and its free Prime Time Zone are restricted, and it is a stagnant rule.
– Muhammad Al-Mukhtar Al-Shanqeeti (@mshinqiti)
He continued, stressing the necessity of his release: “The duty of the Prime Time Zone of the nation is to stand with his right to freedom and a decent life. There is no future for a nation whose choice is insulted, and its free are restricted, and it is a stagnant rule. ”
Another tweet wrote: “He was arrested because of a tweet, then they accused him of false accusations. They hurt and insulted him. He lost half of his hearing and eyesight inside the prison and pressured his family. And they prevented them from traveling and arrested his brother .. After all that, they are demanding that he be killed on the charge that he is a terrorist! No, by God, he is not a terrorist … but a terrorist who arrests Prime Time Zone because of his tweet.
He was arrested because of a tweet .. then they accused him of false accusations .. they hurt and insulted him .. he lost his hearing and eyesight inside the prison and they tightened his family and prevented them from traveling and arrested his brother
After all that, they demand that he be killed on the charge that he is a terrorist! No, by God, he is not a terrorist … but a terrorist who arrests Prime Time Zone because of a tweet!
– Abdulaziz Al-Hudhaif 🇨🇦🇸🇦 (@ Hudhaif9)
‘Reform or revolution’
For his part, the former Tunisian president, Moncef Marzouki, said during the conference that concerned Sheikh Al-Awda and participated in it, “Reformers are addressing the rulers with advice that is in their interest.
He added that instead of listening to them, these rulers throw them in prison, asking: “In the end, what happens? Referees only win time ”.
He added, “The Saudi system may win 10 or 20 years, but in the end, the result is known.”
And Al Marzouki continued, in his speech, saying: “Now, after the Arab Spring revolutions, which some think have ended, while they have just begun; The equation became known: either reform or revolution. ”
And the former Tunisian president continued: “We are calling for a gift of awareness: release Salman Al-Awda and all political prisoners in Saudi Arabia, and listen to them instead of the singers.”
He also indicated that what he described as the “catastrophic situation” that the Arab world is witnessing, is the result of not listening to reformers such as Salman al-Awda, who are many.
He continued, “We will not forget Salman al-Awda and those with him. We will not leave them, and do not forget that we will contribute until they are released and restored to them.”
Also, during the conference, the Executive Director of the Foundation for Democracy Now for the Arab World, Sarah Leah Whitson, indicated that “one of the paradoxes of the Al-Awda trial is the extent of the Saudi government’s willingness to use terrorism charges against someone who peacefully called for reform, change and peace.”
Bin Salman cannot do this alone
Sara called to shed light on “government officials involved in al-Awda’s trial.” Because Mohammed bin Salman – according to her – could not have done this alone, because he could not persecute Saudi citizens himself.
Among the officials she refers to, “prosecutors, and the investigators who brought charges against al-Awda, as well as judges and prison guards, are among the officials,” Whitson said. They are the Prime Time Zone the government relies on to carry out the crackdown. ”
For three years, Saudi preacher Salman al-Awda has been in prison on direct instructions from the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman.
During the years of detention, the issue of return developed and took great international and regional sympathies, as well as a significant decline in men’s health.
His son, Dr. Abdullah Salman Al-Awda, had earlier revealed that his father’s health had deteriorated due to the poor conditions that he lived inside the prison.
Al-Awda said that his father, the preacher, had lost half his eyesight and his hearing because of the jailer’s actions that did not cease to pour out the types of fatigue on the sixty preacher.
The Saudi authorities had charged Sheikh Salman al-Awda with various charges, but in fact his only sin was that he indirectly demanded the necessity of working on the unity of the Arabian Gulf.
He expressed no support for the blockade of Qatar at the time Saudi Arabia made the decision to blockade it, accompanied by the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt in 2017.
Human rights in Saudi Arabia
The past three years have witnessed a significant deterioration in the level of human rights and public freedoms in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
The Saudi authorities have detained many activists in what are known as “prisoners of conscience,” such as Loujain Al-Hathloul. And clerics and members of the royal family.
However, it began releasing some of them after coming under great pressure from the administration of US President Joe Biden, according to what newspaper “France Press” said.
According to the French News Agency, there is a list of “prisoners of conscience” activists who will soon be released from Saudi prisons.
The agency monitored a list of activists who were or would soon be released, and none of the names listed by the agency was the name of any of the arrested preachers, headed by Salman al-Awda and Abdulaziz al-Tarifi.
Doctor Walid Fitaihi, the founder of a hospital in Jeddah, was released in 2019 after nearly two years in detention.
Last December, however, a Saudi appeals court upheld a Saudi-American doctor’s sentence of six years in prison. On charges, including “disobedience” against the rulers of the kingdom, a source close to his family told AFP.
However, Dr. Walid Fitaihi, a graduate of Harvard University, will not spend his sentence in prison after the court reduced his prison sentence in half. According to the source. Fitaihi still faces a travel ban and an asset freeze.
Salah Al-Haidar is among those who have been detained, and he is the son of the prominent Saudi women’s rights activist Aziza Al-Youssef. He was arrested in April 2019 and has been charged with terrorism-related charges.
Al-Haidar holds US citizenship and was detained several days after his mother’s conditional release.
It is noteworthy that his mother was arrested along with the activist Loujain Al-Hathloul and a number of activists in the field of women’s rights, as part of the arrests campaign that took place in 2018.
Al-Haidar’s release is pending his trial before the Specialized Criminal Court, which is a judicial body that deals with terrorism cases. He is scheduled to appear before it on March 8, according to the Washington-based human rights organization “Freedom Initiative”.
Doctor Badr Al-Ibrahim, who holds US citizenship, is among the Prime Time Zone who will be released, according to the French agency.
Al-Ibrahim was detained in April of 2019, and the Saudi authorities charged him with terrorism-related charges
Al-Ibrahim was released last week temporarily with Al-Haidar, and he will appear before the competent Algerian court on the eighth of next March.
The US State Department confirmed that it is “closely monitoring the conditional release of American citizens Badr Al Ibrahim and Salah Al Haidar.”
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