Amnesty: Saudi draft anti-terror law legalizes repression

By REUTERS
December 1, 2011 03:58

 
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DUBAI - Amnesty International described the state of freedom of expression in Saudi Arabia as dire on Thursday, saying a proposed anti-terror law would make matters worse by reinforcing "draconian and abusive" measures in the world's biggest oil exporter.

Saudi Arabia has been spared the popular uprisings seen elsewhere in the region this year, but not without launching a new wave of repression in the name of security, the rights group said in a report released on Thursday.

Amnesty said the draft anti-terror law, a copy of which was leaked to the group earlier this year, indicated peaceful acts of dissent could in future be prosecuted as a "terrorist crime."

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