The Prisoner of Conscience Twitter account shared a tweet “We offer condolences to Dr. Ahmed Al-Soyyan on the death of his mother, may she rest in peace. We note that the authorities did allow Al-Soyyan to attend the funeral and burial of his mother”.
Many human rights and civil activists offered condolences to Dr. Al-Soyyan on the death of his mother while he held behind bars in Saudi prisons without charge.
Human rights organizations called on the authorities of Saudi Arabia to release Al-Soyyan for hours to attend his mother’s funeral, but the authorities ignored their calls.
Campaigns of Arrests
The state security forces of the Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman, which he established after he assumed the mandate of the Covenant to intimidate his opponents and silence every voice of everyone who had an opinion, arrested Sheikh Dr. Ahmed Al-Soyyan, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Al-Bayan Magazine and President of the Islamic Press Association, on September 20, 2017.
The arrest of Al-Soyyan came as part of a widespread campaign of arrests against religious scholars, human rights activists, and opponents of the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, rejecting the blockade of Qatar at the time.
Sheikh Salman Al-Awda, Sheikh Awad Al-Qarni, Dr. Ali Al-Omari and many others are among those arrested in this campaign of arrests.
Prisoners of Conscience in Saudi Arabia confirmed the news of the arrest of Al-Soyyan with others at the time, “The news of the arrest of Ahmed Al-Soyyan, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Al-Bayan Magazine, and President of the Islamic Press Association today, 20/9/2017, has been confirmed.”
Dr. Ahmed Al-Soyyan was known for his moderate views, an abundance of knowledge, books, articles, and scientific and intellectual lectures. He never attempted anything against the best interest of the countries like all other detainees in the prisons of the Saudi Crown Prince.
Together for Justice condemned the arrest of Dr. Al-Soyyan and called on the authorities of Saudi Arabia to release him and all the detainees immediately, given the Crown Prince’s policy in the human rights file which lead to the death of a number of innocent people in prisons.
The organization offered condolences to Al-Soyyan and called on the authorities in Saudi Arabia to allow him to attend his mother’s funeral with his family, however, the authorities did not pay any attention to any of these human rights organizations pleads and refused to let him out temporarily.
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