Gulf states called to 'free political prisoners, halt crackdown on pro-democracy protestors'
A Gulf civil society organisation has called on Gulf states to free all political prisoners and stop the security crackdown on those urging democratic reforms.
The call came in a communique issued by the Gulf Forum for Civil Societies (GFCS) following its two-day general conference held in Beirut on December 14 and 15.
The group called for the "release of all political detainees, prisoners of conscience, those defending human rights and civil society activists and to allow them to operate freely and peacefully," Gulf News reports.
According to the report, the group includes dozens of liberal political and rights activists, writers and thinkers.
They called for halting "political trials" of rights activists in the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states, the report said.
The GFCS also urged GCC states to free media from the control of the state and to offer the people the right to free assembly and gatherings, the report added.