Detained Saudi activists tortured by electrocution, flogging: Amnesty International

 

Amnesty International says detained political dissidents and pro-democracy campaigners in Saudi Arabia face sexual harassment, torture and other forms of ill-treatment during interrogation, as a crackdown led by the authorities against human rights defenders and intellectuals continues unabated in the conservative kingdom.

The London-based rights group said in a report that according to testimony from three individuals it had gathered, some of the detained activists “were repeatedly tortured by electrocution and flogging” that left some “unable to walk or stand properly.”

Amnesty International further noted that in one reported instance, an activist was made to hang from the ceiling, and according to another testimony, a female detainee was reportedly subjected to sexual harassment, by interrogators wearing face masks.

 

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