Saudi Arabia bans lawyer from receiving award

Human Rights Watch said that the Saudi government banned a crusading defense attorney from traveling abroad to receive an award for his work. The New York-based group said that Abdul-Rahman al-Lahem was set to be honored Wednesday with the 2008 Human Rights Defenders Award for his fight for the rights of Saudi citizens against arbitrary and unjust rulings. Al-Lahem has described the award as an honor to all Saudi human right activists.