FILE - In this Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011 file photo, Mohammad F. Al Qahtani, a human rights and democracy activist speaks at his home in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. With global attention focused on upheaval ... more 
FILE - In this Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011 file photo, Mohammad F. Al Qahtani, a human rights and democracy activist speaks at his home in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. With global attention focused on upheaval elsewhere in the Middle East, Saudi Arabia quietly intensified its clampdown on dissent in 2013, silencing democracy advocates and human rights defenders with arrests, trials and intimidation in what reformists say was one of the darkest years ever for their efforts in the powerful U.S.-allied Gulf state. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar, File) less 
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Associated Press | Photo By Hassan Ammar, File
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