Tuesday May 21, 2013
Saudi Arabia: Detention of Human Rights Defender Mr Issa Al Marzooq NukheifiLetter by William Gomes Salem-News.com
William Nicholas Gomes asks the King of Saudi Arabia to intervene in a case involving a human rights defender.
(SALEM) - Saudi Human Rights Defender Issa Al Marzooq Nukheifi has earned the wrath of his government by publishing uncomfortable truths about both Saudi Arabia and Yemen.
Arrested on 15 September 2012 by Mecca police and detained in Al Muwahad Prison in Mecca; Issa Al Marzooq Nukheifi was interrogated and repeatedly accused of inciting a protest.
Five days after his arrest, Mr. Nukheifi's detention was extended by two weeks. Several days into his detainment, this human rights activist still has not been informed of any charges which may have been brought against him. Since the U.S. President and Congress passed the NDAA (National Defense Authorization Act) allowing citizens here to be arrested and held indefinitely without charges, the Americans stopped being an example for other countries in regard to human rights. So perhaps it is no surprise that a nation that forces women to wear tents (burqa) and arrests them for driving a car would feel emboldened and not the least bit hesitant in violating the rights of its citizens in 2012.
It is a sad state of affairs and a chronic government abuse of citizen rights that flies in the face of international law.
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Salem-News.com Human Rights Ambassador William Nicholas Gomes is a Bangladeshi journalist, human rights activist and author was born on 25 December, 1985 in Dhaka. As an investigative journalist he wrote widely for leading European and Asian media outlets.
He is also active in advocating for free and independent media and journalists’ rights, and is part of the free media movement, Global Independent Media Center – an activist media network for the creation of radical, accurate, and passionate telling of the truth. He worked for Italian news agency Asianews.it from year 2009 to 2011, on that time he was accredited as a free lance journalist by the press information department of Bangladesh. During this time he has reported a notable numbers of reports for the news agency which were translated into Chinese and Italian and quoted by notable number of new outlets all over the world.He, ideologically, identifies himself deeply attached with anarchism. His political views are often characterized as “leftist” or “left-wing,” and he has described himself as an individualist anarchist.
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