Dr Mohammad al-Qahtani and Abdullah al-Hamid are prominent Saudi
Arabian human rights defenders who co-founded the Saudi Association for
Civil and Political Rights (ACPRA) in 2009 and were sentenced to 10 and
11 years in prison respectively in March 2013.
Earlier this week the two men began a hunger strike in protest at the
deterioration of their prison conditions. Both men have suffered as a
result of arbitrary decisions by the prison authorities including
confiscation of their books and personal belongings and moving them to
prison cells that pose serious dangers to their health.