Saudi Arabia declares all atheists are terrorists in new law to crack down on political dissidents

Saudi King Abdullah, whose royal decrees have declared atheists and political dissidents as „terrorists“ no different from violent militant groups. Getty Images
Atheists, peaceful protesters and those who go to fight abroad have all been brought under the auspices of new „anti-terror“ laws

By Adam WithnallThe Independent

Saudi Arabia has introduced a series of new laws which define atheists as terrorists, according to a report from Human Rights Watch.

In a string of royal decrees and an overarching new piece of legislation to deal with terrorism generally, the Saudi King Abdullah has clamped down on all forms of political dissent and protests that could „harm public order“.

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