A UN official on Friday expressed her condolences over the death of a Saudi human rights activist and renowned academic in a prison in Saudi Arabia.

“Very sad news on this 1st day of #Ramadan2020: Prisoner of conscience, Poet, #humanrights activist Dr. Abdullah al-Hamid dies in custody in #SaudiArabia. RIP,” Agnes Callamard, the UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, wrote on Twitter.

Callamard reiterated a call by the UN Human Rights Office and The Special Procedures of UN Human Rights Council for the release of prisoners of conscience held in Saudi jails amid the novel coronavirus

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