Saudi Arabia places travel ban on 17 family members of detained cleric

Saudi Arabia places travel ban on 17 family members of detained cleric

A family member told HRW that Awda was being held over his refusal to comply with an order by Saudi authorities to tweet a specific text to support the Saudi-led blockade of Qatar.

Saudi authorities then imposed travel bans on 17 members of al-Awda's family for an unspecified reason. Yet, Al-Awda was allowed only one 13-minute call in October, according to his family.

In addition, authorities detained al-Awda's brother after he tweeted about the detention of his brother.

The tournament, which began on Sunday and will end on Friday, is the first women's squash World Series event of 2018 and comes amid a slew of reforms spearheaded by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman that include a lifting of restrictions on women.

On September 12, Saudi officials confirmed a crackdown against people they felt were endangering the security of Saudi Arabia.

Al-Awda is among dozens of dissidents, writers, and clerics detained since mid-September.

Activists have compiled and distributed a list of over 60 people being held.

New Zealand's top-ranked squash player, Joelle King, has moved through to the second round of the Women's Squash Masters tournament in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Many of whom have faced 10 to 15 years-long imprisonment sentences over accusations that included "breaking allegiance with the ruler, sowing discord, inciting public opinion, and setting up an unlicensed organization".

Saudi activists and dissidents now serving long prison terms based exclusively on their peaceful activism include Waleed Abu al-Khair, Mohammed al-Qahtani, Abdullah al-Hamid, Fadhil al-Manasif, Abdulkareem al-Khodr, Fowzan al-Harbi, Raif Badawi, Saleh al-Ashwan, Abdulrahman al-Hamid, Zuhair Kutbi, Alaa Brinji, and Nadhir al-Majed.

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