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Saudi Arabia: Pardons must not include conditions to silence activists

Headline Title:  Saudi Arabia: Pardons must not include conditions to silence activists 30 January 2015  Last night’s royal decree offering pardons for Saudi Arabian prisoners convicted on “public rights” charges will only be a step in the right direction if the releases do not carry conditions, Amnesty International said.  The announcement of the impending pardons came as part of the new King Salman’s latest set of royal decrees, issued at 11:35pm local time on Thursday.  “It’s a positive move for the Saudi Arabian authorities to consider releasing political…

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