The Law Society is deeply concerned by the conviction of Mr. Waleed Abu Al-Khair, whose sentence was recently increased. Mr. Al-Khair is a respected human rights lawyer and it appears that his conviction stems solely from peaceful activism and his defence of human rights.
Reports known to us indicate that on many occasions Courts in Saudi Arabia have imposed heavy punishments apply pressure to and to silence human rights lawyers and activists in order to stop their work. The Law Society wrote to you on 10 June 2014 in relation to the sentencing of another human rights defender, Mr. Raif Badawi, who was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment, 1,000 lashes and a 1,000,000 SR fine, and who is reported to be a prisoner of conscience.
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