Saudi interrogators forced female human rights activists to kiss each other Daily Mail Online Two activists imprisoned in were reportedly forced to kiss each other as interrogators watched, while others were tortured with electric shocks it has been revealed An investigation by human rights charity Amnesty International found that a group of activists detained in the country since last May had reported being tortured and abused repeatedly
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Testimonies collected by Amnesty revealed a total of ten human rights campaigners were tortured by Saudi authorities Several activists imprisoned in Saudia Arabia have reported incidents of torture and sexual abuse While several reported being sexually abused in the first three months of their incarceration as they were held in an informal detention facility in an unknown location In one case, an activist was allegedly told by an investigator his family had died and allowed to believe the lie for over a month Another pair of demonstrators were reportedly forced to kiss one another while their interrogators watched The activists also reported severe torture methods such as waterboarding and electric shocks
It comes after similar reports in November last year of a group of women being repeatedly tortured by Saudi officials using electricity and flogging leaving some unable to walk After Amnesty and others reported on the claims of torture and sexual harassment in November, the Saudi Arabia Ministry of Media dismissed the claims as baseless Loujain al Hathloul right was arrested over her human rights work last year She is pictured after befriending Megan Markle at a summit in Ottawa in 2017 It is not known if she is among the detainees reportedly being tortured In December, Amnesty received information that Saudi Arabias government aligned Human Rights Commission had met with the detained women and questioned them about the claims of torture
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Following the commissions visit, officials from the countrys Public Prosecution also reportedly visited the detained activists in prison to investigate the claims of torture Last month, Amnesty wrote to the Saudi authorities requesting that independent monitoring bodies, including international organisations such as Amnesty or the UN, be given access to the detainees Amnesty has received no response to this request but continues to call on the Saudi authorities to allow for independent monitors to fully investigate the claims Lynn Maalouf, Amnesty Internationals Middle East Research Director, said: We are extremely concerned about the wellbeing of these activists, who have been in arbitrary detention for around nine months simply for standing up for human rights The Saudi Arabian authorities have repeatedly proven themselves unwilling to effectively protect detainees from torture, or to carry out impartial investigations into claims of torture in custody
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