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Article

28 May 2012

Author:
Amnesty Intl.

[PDF] Saudi Arabia dissident voices stifled in the Eastern province

Amnesty International has received reports of the dismissal of about 26 employees in companies governed by private sector-related laws. The employees were dismissed while held in detention by Saudi Arabian authorities for suspected participation in protests and/or for suspected activities that fall under their right to exercise freedom of expression...At least six employees were dismissed from the Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Saudi Aramco)..Two employees…said…the police informed Saudi Aramco early on in their detention that they were being held and that the company dismissed them shortly afterwards. Following their release, the two tried to have themselves reinstated but Saudi Aramco said it could only reinstate them if it received a document from the authorities confirming they had been released and had not been convicted of any crime…only one was given the necessary documentation…The remaining five…remain dismissed. [Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited Saudi Aramco to respond to the concerns raised but it declined to do so]