Amnesty International is appealing for the release of the human rights lawyer Waleed Abu al-Khair, who is currently serving a 15-year prison sentence under a controversial new anti-terrorism law in Saudi Arabia.

Waleed Abu al-Khair has defended many peaceful activists in Saudi Arabia, including the jailed blogger Raif Badawi – whose sentencing to receive 1,000 lashes provoked a international outcry – and has challenged the widespread crackdown on human rights across the country.

In 2008, Waleed Abu al-Khair founded the Monitor of Human Rights in Saudi Arabia, one of the few local NGOs ...


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