Saudi rights group to protest arbitrary detentions

January 19, 2011 17:52

A Saudi human rights group is urging activists to join a 48-hour hunger strike next month to protest the practice of arbitrary detention in the oil-rich kingdom.

The Saudi Civil and Political Rights Association says in a statement posted on its website Wednesday the strike is designed to raise awareness of the plight of those held on such a basis and demand their release.

The group says arbitrary arrest has become "the norm without legal basis," especially for Saudi human rights activists, foreign workers and individuals who have feuds with members of the royal family.

It says it plans to begin the two-day strike on Feb. 10.

Last month, the Saudi Interior Ministry refused to grant the group permission for a sit-in in the capital to demand political reform.

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