The speaker of the United States House of Representatives says she is “deeply concerned” in regards to the alleged torture of a Saudi aid worker whereas in detention in Saudi Arabia.
The aid worker, Abdulrahman al-Sadhan, was detained by Saudi authorities in March 2018 and reported to be sentenced to twenty years in jail adopted by a 20-year journey ban, based on an April 6 US State Department assertion.
He was arrested from the Red Crescent Society workplace in Riyadh, the place he labored.
In a tweet on Sunday, Nancy Pelosi, the highest-ranking Democrat within the chamber, stated Congress would monitor his enchantment listening to, which she stated was on Monday, and “all human rights abuses by the regime”.
“Deeply concerned with allegations of torture in detention of aid worker Abdulrahman al-Sadhan. His sentencing continues Saudi Arabia’s assault on freedom of expression,” Pelosi tweeted.
Deeply involved with allegations of torture in detention of aid worker Abdulrahman al-Sadhan. His sentencing continues Saudi Arabia’s assault on freedom of expression. Congress will monitor Abdulrahman’s enchantment listening to tomorrow, in addition to all human rights abuses by the regime.
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) September 12, 2021
Separately, al-Sadhan’s sister stated his well being was getting worse.
“We are very worried about my brother’s safety & health, deteriorating under torture in Saudi detention, while we remain completely deprived of any contact with him,” Areej al-Sadhan wrote on Twitter.
Observers say Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS), the nation’s de facto ruler, has sought to crush dissent in recent times, whereas introducing social and financial reforms meant to modernise the dominion.
In an April assertion, Geneva-based advocacy NGO MENA Rights Group stated al-Sadhan was dropped at trial for having run two satirical Twitter accounts and accused of “funding terrorism”, supporting or sympathising with the ISIL (ISIS) armed group, and making ready, storing and sending messages that “would prejudice public order and religious values”.
The group additionally stated al-Sadhan’s household had realized he was subjected to extreme torture in detention, together with “electric shocks, beatings that caused broken bones, flogging, hanging from the feet and suspension in stress-positions, threats of murder and beheading, insults, verbal humiliation”.
We are very nervous about my brother’s security & well being, deteriorating underneath torture in Saudi detention, whereas we stay fully disadvantaged of any contact with him. https://t.co/bFBQtMcbBz
— Areej Al Sadhan أريج السدحان (@AreejASadhan) September 12, 2021
Saudi authorities have detained senior royals, activists, intellectuals and Muslim students.
After former US President Donald Trump’s shut relationship with Riyadh, which critics stated additional emboldened MBS, the administration of Joe Biden has stated it’s pursuing a relationship “recalibration” with the longtime ally.
That has included an announcement that the US would now not help Saudi Arabia’s “offensive operations” within the ongoing battle in Yemen and the sanctioning of Saudi officers, excluding MBS, after a declassified US intelligence laid the blame for the killing of journalist Jamal Kashoggi on the crown prince’s toes.
Humanitarian worker Abdulrahman al-Sadhan was lately sentenced to twenty yrs in jail after a botched trial for peacefully exercising his proper to freedom of expression. The Saudi authorities should instantly and unconditionally launch him. Act now: https://t.co/aO08bPZPV0 pic.twitter.com/uCIrPiKpqM
— Amnesty International USA (@amnestyusa) May 18, 2021
Critics have stated the Biden administration has not gone far sufficient in its coverage shift in direction of the dominion, with which it continues to keep up shut financial and safety ties.
In April, US State Department spokesman Ned Price stated the Biden administration was “concerned” by al-Sadhan’s sentencing.
“Exercising human rights should never be a punishable offense,” he tweeted.