Posted by: becketfund | January 24, 2007

Saudi Arabia: Continuing Persecution of Ahmadi Muslims

Human Rights Watch reports that Saudi Arabia continues to persecute minority Ahmadi Muslims, arresting and deporting adherents to the faith, most of whom are foreign workers. After religious police disrupted a religious gathering in December, nearly 50 Ahmadis, including children, were arrested and held for over a week. By January 24, at least 56 people, mostly foreign workers, had been arrested and eight deported back to India or Pakistan. Ahmadis follow the teachings of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, a reformer from India, and consider themselves Muslim, though most other Muslims consider them to be heretics.

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