According to a report by London-based Amnesty International in October, Saudi authorities "have targeted the founding members of ACPRA
one by one, in a relentless effort to dismantle the organization and silence its members, as part of a broader crackdown on independent activism and freedom of expression since 2011".
says the special courts are an infringement of rights in themselves.
The Saudi Arabian authorities have targeted the founding members of ACPRA
one by one, in a relentless effort to dismantle the organization and silence its members, as part of a broader crackdown on independent activism and freedom of expression since 2011," read the report.
says it has compiled a list of "hundreds of violations" committed against human rights defenders over the past two years.
The group's leaders were called to the interior ministry on Tuesday and told to sign a statement stating they had been informed the protest permit was denied, according to Mohammed Al-Qahtani, an ACPRA
In the same trial session the court also ordered the disbanding of ACPRA
and confiscation of its property.
Al-Saed berated the motivations behind his imprisonment via the ACPRA
website in a statement released by the group on Friday, "I am the proud prisoner Omar Mohammed al-Saed.
Abdulkareem al-Khoder, another co-founder of ACPRA
, was sentenced in April to four months in prison after he had refused to attend his court session in protest against the judge blocking 10 women from entering the courtroom, while Fawzan al-Harbi, also co-founder of ACPRA
, has been under investigation since 11 May 2013, facing similar charges to his colleagues.