King Abdullah fires Najran governor: HRW

  • Share via facebook
  • Tweet this
  • Bookmark and Share

Saudi's King Abdullah has fired the governor of the southern province of Najran for discriminating against the province’s Ismaili Shia population, Human Rights Watch said on Sunday.

The New York-based group said King Abdullah dismissed Prince Mishal bin Saud after it issued a report in on the governor's discriminatory treatment against the Ismailis in government employment, education, religious freedom and the justice system.

HRW said since Prince Mishal's appointment in 1996 tension between local authorities and the Ismailis had increased, culminating in a 2001 confrontation between armed Ismaili demonstrators and the police and army in Najran.

The ensuing crackdown incensed the Ismailis, many of whom insist their distinct ethnic and religious identity came under siege, it said.

"Human Rights Watch continues to investigate the treatment of religious minorities and for all Saudis who face restrictions on basic freedoms," the group said in a statement.

Related:
Companies
Join the Discussion

Disclaimer:The view expressed here by our readers are not necessarily shared by Arabian Business, its employees, sponsors or its advertisers.

Please post responsibly. Commenter Rules

  • No comments yet, be the first!

Enter the words above: Enter the numbers you hear:

All comments are subject to approval before appearing

Further reading

Features & Analysis
Saudi Arabia adds to oil power with new refineries

Saudi Arabia adds to oil power with new refineries

Two state-of-the-art plants set to redefine Gulf kingdom's role...

Gulf economies edge towards reform as oil price slides

Gulf economies edge towards reform as oil price slides

Countries mull moves to cut spending on lavish cradle-to-grave...

The curious case of David Haigh

The curious case of David Haigh

The story of how the former Leeds United boss went from football...

1
Most Popular
Most Discussed