NPWJ and the Transnational Nonviolent Radical Party support nonviolent democracy activists in Saudi Arabia

15 Nov, 2008 | NPWJ in the News

Hon. Emma Bonino, Vice-President of the Italian Senate and founder of No Peace Without Justice, wrote to Prof. Mohammad Al-Qahtani to express support for the non-violent intiative in favour of Rule of Law and respect of human rights in Saudi prisons. See the exchange of messages between Hon. Bonino and Prof. Al-Qahtani.

15 November 2008
Message from Emma Bonino to:

Ayman Mohammad Al-Rashed, human-right activist; Saud Ahmed Al-Degaither, human-right activist; Professor Abdulkareem Yousef Al-Khadher, College of Islamic Jurisprudence, Qassim University; Dr. Abdulrahman Hamed Al-Hamed, professor of Islamic economics; Abdullah Mohammad Al-Zahrani, human-right activist; Abdulmohsin Ali Al-Ayashi, human-right activist; Fahd Abdulaziz Al-Oraini, human-right activist; Fowzan Mohsin Al-Harbi, Human-right activist; Dr. Mohammad Fahd Al-Qahtani, college professor and TV show host; Mohana Mohammed Al-Faleh, human-right activist; Nasser Salim Al-Otha, human-right activist; Hashim Abdullah Al-Refai, writer and activist; Waleed Sami Abu Alkhair, writer and activist.

Dear Sirs,

I am writing to express my support for the action you are undertaking in defence of human rights and the Rule of Law in Saudi Arabia. With your brave initiative you are drawing attention to the fundamental principles underlying International Laws, and particularly on freedom of opinion and freedom of expression, which does apply to all countries including Saudi Arabia.

Your recourse to non-violence through your hunger-strike is an example to all peoples. As a member of a Party whose symbol is Ghandi’s image, we hold true to his teaching that: “Non violence is the first article of my faith; it is also the last article of my creed”.

I am pleased to inform you that your initiative has been widely reported in the Italian press and received great public attention. As I mentioned, I am the Vice-President of the Italian Senate for the Transnational Nonviolent Radical Party and I have, myself together with my friends, conducted numerous non-violent struggles through hunger strikes to defend the rule of law, the respect of democratic values and human rights and dignity, both in Italy and around the world.

Therefore, myself and all members of my Party, stand together in solidarity with your nonviolent political action, particularly in this time and in a region, the Middle East, that has an urgent need for activists to promote core principles of humanity through nonviolent methods.

This has been, throughout the last years, the effort I conducted including in particular together with the international organisation No Peace Without Justice, that has been active since 2004 in your region to foster effective and durable dialogue mechanisms between civil society and governments on issues of democratic reform and human rights protection and promotion.

Please consider us at your side in this moment and we encourage you to visit our websites: and

With my very best wishes for your ongoing struggle,

Emma Bonino
Vice-President of the Italian Senate

17 November 2008
Message from Mohammad Al-Qahtani to Emma Bonino

Subject: Re: Your valuable non-violent initiative

The Honorable Emma Bonino
Vice-President of the Italian Senate

Dear Madam,

On behalf of my colleagues and fellow human right activists in Saudi Arabia, I would like to express my deepest appreciation to your letter of support.

Your kind words are very much needed particularly in this time after we have succeeded in introducing a peaceful and civic culture of protest without resorting to violent means. Although we have taken all precautionary steps possible to avoid any confrontation with the security forces, the suppressive witch hunts continue against those who organized or participated in the hunger strike. After engaging in a “state of denial” vis-à-vis our hunger-strike initiative, the Saudi secrete police “General Bureau of Investigation” went around intimidating and threatening people in order to sway them away from joining our campaign. The retributions taken by the Saudi authority ranged from blocking blogs that are sympathetic with our cause to cancelling my TV show that deals with issues of human rights and civic society in a Pan-Arab satellite channel.

We would like to assure you and all human right activists through out the world that we are determined more than ever to attain our liberty and freedom withstanding all oppressive and suppressive practices taken by the regime. This peaceful campaign will continue until our countrymen are enfranchised into the political processes.

Your efforts of bringing values of democracy in the Arab Middle East are very much appreciated.


Mohammad Fahad Al-Qahtani, Ph. D.
Professor of Economics and a Former TV Talk Show Host