Middle East

Saudi human rights activist sentenced to 8 years in prison

  • This July 2013 photo provided by Abdulaziz al-Shubaily, shows Abdulaziz al-Shubaily in the al-Qassim province of Saudi Arabia. Rights group Amnesty International said Monday, May 30, 2016 that a court in Saudi Arabia sentenced al-Shubaily, a member of an independent human rights organization, to eight years in prison in the latest guilty verdict to be issued against the group's members. Abdulaziz al-Shubaily was the only founding member of the Saudi Association for Civil and Political Rights, known by its Arabic acronym HASEM, not yet sentenced to a prison term. (Abdulaziz al-Shubaily via AP)

    This July 2013 photo provided by Abdulaziz al-Shubaily, shows Abdulaziz al-Shubaily in the al-Qassim province of Saudi Arabia. Rights group Amnesty International said Monday, May 30, 2016 that a court in Saudi Arabia sentenced al-Shubaily, a member of an independent human rights organization, to eight years in prison in the latest guilty verdict to be issued against the group's members. Abdulaziz al-Shubaily was the only founding member of the Saudi Association for Civil and Political Rights, known by its Arabic acronym HASEM, not yet sentenced to a prison term. (Abdulaziz al-Shubaily via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • This May 2013 photo provided by Abdulaziz al-Shubaily, shows Abdulaziz al-Shubaily at a farm in the al-Qassim province of Saudi Arabia. Rights group Amnesty International said Monday, May 30, 2016 that a court in Saudi Arabia sentenced al-Shubaily, a member of an independent human rights organization, to eight years in prison in the latest guilty verdict to be issued against the group's members. Abdulaziz al-Shubaily was the only founding member of the Saudi Association for Civil and Political Rights, known by its Arabic acronym HASEM, not yet sentenced to a prison term. (Abdulaziz al-Shubaily via AP)

    This May 2013 photo provided by Abdulaziz al-Shubaily, shows Abdulaziz al-Shubaily at a farm in the al-Qassim province of Saudi Arabia. Rights group Amnesty International said Monday, May 30, 2016 that a court in Saudi Arabia sentenced al-Shubaily, a member of an independent human rights organization, to eight years in prison in the latest guilty verdict to be issued against the group's members. Abdulaziz al-Shubaily was the only founding member of the Saudi Association for Civil and Political Rights, known by its Arabic acronym HASEM, not yet sentenced to a prison term. (Abdulaziz al-Shubaily via AP)  (The Associated Press)

Rights group Amnesty International says a court in Saudi Arabia has sentenced a member of an independent human rights organization to eight years prison in the latest guilty verdict to be issued against the group's members.

Abdulaziz al-Shubaily is the only founding member of the Saudi Association for Civil and Political Rights, known by its Arabic acronym HASEM, not behind bars. Amnesty says he was tried Sunday by the Specialized Criminal Court — established to try terrorism cases but increasingly used against political activists whose work is deemed a national security risk.

Amnesty said al-Shubaily was also barred from traveling abroad for eight years after his release and from writing on social media. His charges included "communicating with foreign organizations" and providing information to Amnesty for use in its reports.