Famous Saudi political inmate goes on hunger strike again to protest dire jail conditions

A notable Saudi Arabian political activist and academic goes on hunger strike again in the kingdom’s captivity to protest dire imprisonment conditions.

Mohammad Fahad Muflih al-Qahtani’s wife wrote in a tweet that the activist had started the protest action on Tuesday.

Qahtani is the co-founder of the Saudi Civil and Political Rights Association, a human rights organization. The economics professor has earned a reputation as one of the Saudi Arabian judiciary’s “most eloquent and fervent critics.”

Qahtani’s spouse described maltreatment on the part of Saudi authorities, including denying him access to his books for a year and preventing contact between him and his family members, as the reasons behind his protest measure.

She said the authorities had thrown him in prison alongside a number of people suffering from mental conditions “who need to be hospitalized rather than imprisoned.”

The 55-year-old activist was arrested in 2013 and sentenced to 15 years in jail.

Qahtani began a hunger strike together with 30 others in the kingdom’s infamous maximum-security Ha’er Prison last September.

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