Saudi human rights commission interviews detainees, including women’s rights activists, over alleged torture, report says

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  • Saudi Arabia’s human rights commission is investigating the alleged torture of women’s rights activists including accusations of electrocution and waterboarding, the Wall Street Journal reported.
  • Citing government officials and other people familiar with the activists’ situation, the US publication said Saud al-Qahtani, a close adviser to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS), had overseen “some aspects of the torture”, threatening one of the activists with rape and death.
  • Members of the commission began questioning some of the detainees over the past month in Jeddah’s Dabhan prison, including 29-year-old activist Loujain al-Hathloul. 

Saudi Arabia’s human rights commission is investigating the alleged torture of women’s rights activists including accusations of electrocution and waterboarding, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Citing government officials and other people familiar with the activists’ situation, the US publication said Saud al-Qahtani, a close adviser to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS), had overseen “some aspects of the torture”, threatening one of the activists with rape and death.

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