Thousands have been detained with real numbers and even estimates remaining unclear. Detainees are held in secrecy normally without accusations or being brought before court for months and sometimes years on the grounds they are being held for questioning. Detainees are deprived of the right to appeal over the legality of their detention,
Among the detainees is one Eng. Saoud Alabeid Alqathany AKA as the oldest political detainee in the KSA held since 1991 at the Tarfia Prison in Barida. He was arrested in Medina after being accused of distributing pamphlets against the Saudi regime. He spent the first 10 years without hearing or charges leveled and was denied the right to communicate with defense lawyers. During that time he was subjected to torture and was transferred between prisons. He is currently held in custody at the Tarfia Prison.
Despite finishing his sentence 5 years ago prison officials informed his family the sentence was extended 7 more years in addition to the former 10 years he spent without charge or the right to meet with an attorney. He was later issued an eighteen year prison sentence renewing a period of torture and humiliation.
The second longest serving detainee in KSA is Waleed Saleh Alsenanes detained in the Haer Political Prison known for his open criticism of the Saudi regime.
His opposing ideologies surfaced following the Gulf War against Iraq when he criticized the Al Saoud regime for cooperating with the US. He was summoned in 1995 by the investigative authorities and was questioned regarding his stance. He asserted he opposed the regime and stood before a secret court in front of three judges without the knowledge of his family or lawyer to defend him and was served a 15 year prison sentence.
To date he has spent 18 years solitary confinement. Saudi authorities arrested his sons Alsonany Sabee 17 and Zamil 14 in 2003. Neither of them was brought before court. Zamil was detained for 3 months while Sabee remained held for 2 and a half years. Their third brother Ibrahim was arrested before their release and held for 3 months. Alsonany's name was mentioned several times by rights activists supporting detainees in Saudi prisons posting their pictures on highways and busy roads.
HRM calls on the Saudi authorities to immediately and unconditionally release all political detainees and calls for their compensation for financial and emotional damage during their incarceration in accordance to Article 9 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights which stipulates in its 5th band that anyone who has been the victim of unlawful arrest or detention shall have an enforceable right to compensation.