Thursday, February 14, 2008

Salem ... er, Riyadh Witch Trials

A Saudi woman, Fawza Falih, was convicted of witchcraft for allegedly making a man impotent. She was detained in 2005, abused by the mutaween, and forced to add her fingerprint to a confession that was not read aloud to her. She is illiterate and incapable of writing her own confession.

Here is the text of Human Rights Watch's letter to King Abdullah, pleading for his intervention on Ms. Falih's behalf. Ms. Falih is from Quraiyat, which is near the Jordanian border.

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