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Saudi Prisoners’ Visits Cancelled, Family Members Arrested
Written by Osama Khalid On 19 October 2013 @ 20:03 pm | 4 Comments
In Arabic, Human Rights, Middle East & North Africa, Protest, Saudi Arabia, Weblog
During the holiday of Eid al-Adha [October 15], prisoners in certain Saudi prisons are allowed to be visited by their relatives. Many of the visits in this year's holiday have been canceled, causing a lot of discontent among family members.
The issue of arbitrary detainment is already one of the most heated human rights issues in the absolute monarchy. Independent human rights sources say that there are over 30,000 arbitrarily imprisoned people  [ar], many of whom were arrested in the massive, post-9/11 “war on terrorism” . Those detainees were arrested without a warrant and have not had access to lawyers and trial.
One of the family members, Yasser al-Ayaf , tweeted his encounter:
اليوم زيارة المعايدة لوالدي .. الجوير يقول عبدالله متغير "يقصد ابوي" وعدنا من حيث اتينا دون زيارة (وعلى قدر المضالم تأتي الدعوة)
— ياسر عبدالله العياف (@yasser939393) October 16, 2013 
Today was supposed to be my father's Eid visit. [The prison warden] al-Jouir says that Abdullah, my father, has changed and we returned with no visit…
Back in August, Yasser's father, who had been arrested for seven years without a trial, had a release order issued by a judge, but it has not been implemented by the Interior Ministry:
اللهم لك الحمد حتى ترضى صدور امر افراج لوالدي قبل دقائق من الأن ..
— ياسر عبدالله العياف (@yasser939393) August 27, 2013 
Thank God. The order to release my father was issued minutes ago.
Maha al-Dhuhayan, Abdullah al-Ayaf's wife, tweeted:
مر يوم العيد بلا اتصال من ز وجي واليوم موعد الزيارة وطال الانتظار فاقبلوا علينا ليخبرونا انه لا زيارة اليوم…!! #عيد_المعتقلين 
— مهاء الضحيان (@cczz9000) October 16, 2013 
The Eid has passed without a call from my husband. Today, we were supposed to visit him but we waited for a long period and then were told that we had no visit!
When the family members were denied visits, they decided to hold a short sit-in on the second day of Eid, October 16. They were surrounded by police forces and given no response:
من ست ساعات ولارد احد ! طيب ليش تواعدوننا بزيارات ؟ pic.twitter.com/SAKEpWx9fk 
— ياسر عبدالله العياف (@yasser939393) October 16, 2013 
It has been six hours and no one responded! Why then did you tell us that we had visits?
In one of the video clips uploaded from the sit-in, a young child chants [ar]: “The people want to free the prisoners!”
By 7pm, local time, they decided to leave:
— المناصرون (@almonaseron) October 16, 2013 
The participants in the al-Terfeya [prison] sit-in have left. Some of them have been there for about 8 hours to meet their relatives, but they only found the heartlessness of the secret police.
On the following day, October 17, they decided to come back to demand another visit. They were told to go to the Governor's Office. Maha al-Dhuhayan tweeted:
اليوم الثاني على التوالي مرابطة من اجل اتصال او زا يارة بلا جدوى واﻵن توجهنا الى الأمارة عسى الله ان يحدث بعد ذلك فرجا #عيد_المعتقلين 
— مهاء الضحيان (@cczz9000) October 17, 2013 
This is the second day in a row in which we hold a sit-in to demand a call or a visit, with no progress. Now we are heading to the Governor Office. May God help us.
Reema al-Jourish, whose husband is also arbitrarily imprisoned, tweeted:
عاااجل اعتقال جميع الشباب و اختفاء كامل للنساء لانعلم عن النساء شي ذويهن يتصلون بهم ولا يوجد رد #عيد_المعتقلين 
— ريما الجريش (@twit_rima) October 17, 2013 
Just in: All young men have been arrested and all women have been lost. We don't know anything about the women. Their relatives have tried to call them without an answer.
Reports say that 15 children have been arrested:
لا يزال ١٥ طفل من (أسرة الحربي و العياف و الضحيان) يعتقلون في سجون القصيم ، كانوا في الطريق لزيارة آبائهم في سجن مباحث الطرفية
— اعتقال (@e3teqal) October 17, 2013 
Fifteen children are still detained (they are from al-Harbi, al-Ayaf and al-Duhayan families) when they were in their way to visit their fathers in the al-Terfeya prison.
Some other prisoners were denied the Eid visit since the beginning, like human rights activist Houd al-Aqel , who was arrested back in March:
إدارة سجن الحاير تحرمنا من زيارة هود ومعايدته رغم اتصالاتنا ومطالبتنا المستمرة #عيد_المعتقلين 
— خولة العقيل (@khawlah20) October 18, 2013 
The administration of al-Hayer Prison has denied us visiting Houd despise our continuous calls and demands.
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URLs in this post:
 yasser939393: https://twitter.com/yasser939393/status/390422111086710784
 30,000 arbitrarily imprisoned people: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=urILE3ttfYs
 were arrested in the massive, post-9/11 “war on terrorism”: https://www.amnesty.org/en/news-and-updates/report/saudi-arabia-human-rights-abuses-name-fighting-terrorism-20090722
 Yasser al-Ayaf: https://twitter.com/yasser939393
 October 16, 2013: https://twitter.com/yasser939393/statuses/390420391598247937
 August 27, 2013: https://twitter.com/yasser939393/statuses/372293381785124864
 #عيد_المعتقلين: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23%D8%B9%D9%8A%D8%AF_%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%85%D8%B9%D8%AA%D9%82%D9%84%D9%8A%D9%86&src=hash
 October 16, 2013: https://twitter.com/cczz9000/statuses/390438319630585856
 pic.twitter.com/SAKEpWx9fk: http://t.co/SAKEpWx9fk
 October 16, 2013: https://twitter.com/yasser939393/statuses/390477220730634240
 #اعتصام_الطرفية: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23%D8%A7%D8%B9%D8%AA%D8%B5%D8%A7%D9%85_%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%B7%D8%B1%D9%81%D9%8A%D8%A9&src=hash
 October 16, 2013: https://twitter.com/almonaseron/statuses/390507188890116096
 October 17, 2013: https://twitter.com/cczz9000/statuses/390838111053561856
 October 17, 2013: https://twitter.com/twit_rima/statuses/390851608697110528
 October 17, 2013: https://twitter.com/e3teqal/statuses/390879383332069376
 Houd al-Aqel: https://twitter.com/h_141
 October 18, 2013: https://twitter.com/khawlah20/statuses/391174585645027329
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