The group, named “Change and Progress Society”, will be headed by Saudi prominent author Ahmad Mohammad al-Rebh from the eastern province of Qatif.

Rebh insisted that the group is part of the Saudi society and will conduct its activities based on that principle.

Saudi Arabia’s east has been the scene of protests over the past months and authorities have arrested scores of people, including bloggers and writers for taking part in anti-government demonstrations.

According to Human Rights Watch, more than 160 dissidents have been arrested since February in Saudi crackdowns on anti-government protesters.

According to the Saudi-based Human Rights First Society (HRFS), detainees have been subject to both physical and mental torture.

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