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On Thursday, the Saudi King, Salman bin Abdulaziz, ordered the dismissal of the head of the Human Rights Commission, Awwad bin Saleh Al-Awwad, from his position, and the appointment of a woman to succeed him.

and import Saudi Press Agency The King appointed Hala Al-Tuwaijri as the head of the Human Rights Commission with the rank of minister, by royal order.

Al-Tuwaijri was the Secretary-General of the Family Affairs Council in the Kingdom.

The Kingdom has recently faced several criticisms, following the sentencing of activists to imprisonment and restrictions on others, under the Anti-Terrorism Law.

The cases of Noura Al-Qahtani and Salma Al-Shehab were the last of these files, as the Saudi authorities issued harsh sentences against them after their activity on social media.

A few days ago, Agence France-Presse said that legal documents it had seen revealed that Noura Al-Qahtani had been sentenced to 45 years in prison for using Twitter, after she was accused of “challenging” the justice of the King and Crown Prince of the Kingdom.

The agency obtained a copy of the ruling issued against Al-Qahtani by the Washington-based Foundation for Democracy Now for the Arab World (DOWN), which was founded by the late Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Al-Qahtani, a 50-year-old mother of five who suffers from diabetes, was tried according to the case papers, under the Anti-Terrorism Crimes and Financing Law after her arrest on July 4, 2021.

The case papers, dated August 9, indicate that the Criminal Court of Appeal in Riyadh issued a ruling to imprison Al-Qahtani for “using the information network via the social networking site Twitter to challenge the religion and justice of the King and the Crown Prince.”

Al-Qahtani’s verdict came a few weeks after a doctoral student, Salma Al-Shehab, 34, was sentenced to prison on charges of “providing aid” to dissidents seeking to “destabilize the state” because of tweets and retweets on Twitter.

The United Nations called for the immediate and unconditional release of Al-Shehab, a feminist activist.

“We are dismayed by Al-Shehab’s conviction … regarding a series of tweets and retweets related to political issues and human rights in Saudi Arabia,” said Liz Trussell, spokeswoman for the United Nations Human Rights Office.

It noted that this condemnation “constitutes a new example of the Saudi authorities’ use of anti-terrorism and cybercrime laws in the country to target human rights defenders and people who express their dissenting opinions with intimidation and retaliation.”

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