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Mikhlif Al-Ahammari

Mikhlif Al-Shammari

The New York Times Article

Saudi’s Lonely, Costly Bid for Sunni-Shiite Equality

Mikhlif Al-Shammari is a leader of the Shammar tribe, which includes both Shiites and Sunnis and straddles the border between Saudi Arabia and Iraq.  He has advocate for equality for all Saudi citizens, regardless of sect, and has been repeatedly targeted as a result.

Human rights defenders, activists and individuals who criticise government policies or express dissent or diverging opinion to those of the authorities are subjected to harassment, surveillance, arbitrary detention, smear campaigns, prolonged and unfair trials. Family members of HRDs are also targeted and subjected to intimidation and harassment at the hands of the authorities.