Human Right Violations-Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia has pressed on with arrests, trials, and convictions of peaceful dissidents, and forcibly dispersed peaceful demonstrations by citizens. Authorities continued to violate the rights of Saudi women and girls and foreign workers.
Torture and other cruel, inhumane, or degrading treatment or punishment-
In Saudi Arabia, there are laws prohibiting torture and holds criminal investigation officers accountable for any abuse of authority. Nevertheless, during the year 2011, there continued to be reports that authorities sometimes subjected prisoners and detainees to torture and other physical abuse, particularly during the investigation phase when interrigating suspects; however due to lack of government transparency, it was not possible to ascertain the accuracy of these reports.
For example, in July 2011, security officials took human right activist Mekhlef Bin Daham al-Shammary from his prison cell at the Damman general prison and poured and antiseptic cleaning liquid down his throat, resulting in him being rushed into the hospital.
The government identified, prosecuted, and punished a limited number of officials who committed these crimes/ physical abuses and tortures.