[02 Feb 2014] Rights activists condemn new Saudi counter terrorism law - English

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Human rights activists have condemned a new counter-terrorism law in Saudi Arabia. They say the law allows the kingdom to prosecute as a terrorist anyone who demands reform, exposes corruption or engages in dissent. The new law grants security services sweeping powers to track phone calls and raid homes without prior approval from a judge or even a superior. Human Rights activists say the law is aimed at keeping the kingdom\'s ruling al Saud firmly in control amid demands for democratic reforms. Saudi Arabia has adopted heavy handed tactics against pro-reform calls that have grown louder since the pro-democracy protests shook the region in 2011. Large numbers of Saudi dissidents have been put behind bars.

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