Hyderabad, May 16 -- A prominent Saudi scholar Safar bin Abdulrahman al-Hawali, who has been detained since 2018 and suffers from a complete disability, has been subjected to solitary confinement.

This was revealed bya group of UN disability rights experts on Wednesday, May 15, in a publicreport.

The expert committee's statement came after it reviewed a complaint filed by al-Hawali's nephew, in which he said that his uncle had been arrested since 2018 "as punishment for peacefully criticizing the Crown Prince, the de facto ruler of the Kingdom".

In a statement, Markus Schafer, a member of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) said, "Over the past six years, al-Hawali has experienced numerous hum...