09 June 2017
In London, the independent UK-based Arab Organisation for Human Rights (AOHR) released a statement condemning the Saudi bloc’s list as “arbitrary”.
“The list was clearly made up arbitrarily, to serve political agendas, without relying on any evidence or an impartial judicial authority,” the group wrote.
“The exact legal definition and crime of ‘terrorism’ needs to be determined by a neutral judicial authority, which is not available in these countries [Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt, and Bahrain].”
The human rights group also criticised the countries for abuses carried out among their population by broadly applying “terrorism” to crack down on activists and ordinary citizenry.
The AOHR also warned that the list violated clear laws against defamation, as the reputation of individuals and charitable organisations is put at risk.