Alwaght- Saudi security forces have kidnapped two activists over their online campaigns supporting freedom of speech, human rights organizations say.
Based on a report released by the [Persian] Gulf Center for Human Rights ([P]GCHR) Saudi security forces have taken Essam Koshak and Ahmed al-Mshikhs to prison last week.
The human rights activists say no charges have been brought against the detainees and “their online activities” are believed to be the reason behind their detention.
“[P]GCHR believes that these arrests are solely due to the two men exercising their legitimate and peaceful right to freedom of opinion and freedom of expression and conducting their work in the field of human rights,” the rights group added.
Mshikhs, the co-founder of the Al-Adalah Center for Human Rights in Saudi Arabia, was detained on Thursday in the predominantly Shiite district of Qatif. He had tweeted a Nativity scene showing the birth of Christ on Christmas Day.
Koshak, who describes himself as a rights defender, was nabbed in Mecca on Sunday. He had tweeted Western media reports about Saudi Arabia and re-tweeted posts from the banned Saudi Civil and Political Rights Association.
The Riyadh regime is under fire for its dire rights record inside and outside the kingdom.
However, Saudi Arabia's membership in the United Nations Human Rights Council was renewed last year despite widespread criticisms.