Saudi Arabia: Arrests

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 31st March 2020.

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Photo of Virendra Sharma Virendra Sharma Labour, Ealing, Southall

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will take steps with his overseas counterparts to secure proof of life for (a) the 300 Government officials (b) political detainees and (c) Prince Turki bin Abdullah arrested recently.

Photo of James Cleverly James Cleverly Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

While we have not requested this information from the Saudi authorities, we continue to monitor these cases. The British Government remains concerned over the continued detention of a number of individuals, particularly those detained in Saudi Arabia because of their political views. The Foreign Secretary raised our concerns on a number of cases during his visit to Saudi Arabia on 4 and 5 March.

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