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Euro-Med Monitor: Saudi Arabia forcibly hides Palestinians including pilgrims

Occupied Palestine (QNN)- The Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor urged Saudi Arabia’s Salman bin Abdel Aziz to disclose the fate of dozens of Palestinians, who were subjected to enforced disappearance, and release others, who are arrested without charges.

The organization also called on the Saudi King to address the brutal methods used by the Saudi security forces against those forcibly disappeared, and subjected to other forms of bad treatment. The Organization urged the international community and Saudi Arabia’s allies in the West to put pressure on the Saudi decision makers to spare Saudi citizens and foreigners the suffering of secret detention and to end the flagrant human rights violations in the country.

The statement stated that it could not give an exact number of the Palestinian detainees, but it has names of about 60 people, while estimates within the Palestinian community in Saudi Arabia says that the number far exceeds this.

The Euro-Med added that “it was able to document testimonies from eleven Palestinian families whose children have been arrested or forcibly disappeared in the last few months during their stay or visit to Saudi Arabia, including students, residents, academics and businessmen.”

“Those people were isolated from the outside world without any specific indictments against them. They were not brought before the public prosecution, nor allowed to communicate with their relatives, or communicate with their lawyers.”

“The campaign in Saudi Arabia of arresting Palestinians is but one in a long series of human rights violations in the country”, said Selin Yasar, Euro-Med’s communication and media officer.

The Euro-Med said it monitored the detention of Palestinian-born people with Arab nationalities while performing pilgrimage this year. Many families said that they were threatened to keep silent and prevented them from leaving Saudi Arabia for fear of exposing the whereabouts of their family members’ arrests.

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