Saudi Arabia


CSOs and governments criticise systematic violations during Saudi Arabia's UPR review

As Saudi Arabia is reviewed by the UN HRC during its UPR review, CSO's and governments criticize escalating human rights violations, as prominents journalist's murder is highlighted Read more

CSOs and governments criticise systematic violations during Saudi Arabia's UPR review

Saudi authorities detain women human rights defenders in latest crackdown

Dozens of women's rights HRD's are arrested and detained for campaigning for women's rights, including the ban on driving, while authorities seek the first ever death sentence by beheading for a woman activist. Read more

 Saudi authorities detain women human rights defenders in latest crackdown

Saudi authorities' relentless crackdown on WHRDs continues

Saudi Arabian authorities have recently targeted human rights defenders in a renewed attempt to silence criticism. Those arrested included leaders and supporters of #Oct26driving, #Right2Drive and #IAmMyOwnGuardian campaigns who dared to speak openly about human rights violations, according to the Gulf Centre for Human Rights. The arrests of prominent human rights activists came a week before Saudi Arabia lifted its driving ban on women. Read more

 Saudi authorities' relentless crackdown on WHRDs continues

Continuous wave of persecution against HRDs and WHRDs

The wave of arrests of human rights defenders, religious leaders and activists that started in September 2017 has continued, with more than 60 people including human rights defenders being arrested in recent months. Read more

Continuous wave of persecution against HRDs and WHRDs

New anti-terror law used to restrict activities of HRDs, academics and journalists

Despite public statements by Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud on modernising Saudi Arabia, the authorities have cracked down on human rights defenders in recent months and introduced a new anti-terror law that will further target human rights defenders, academics, journalists and bloggers. Read more

 New anti-terror law used to restrict activities of HRDs, academics and journalists

Wave of arrests in Saudia Arabia

Saudi Arabian authorities have cracked down on civil society, and there have been alarming reports of a wave of arrests of writers, academics, online activists and clerics. Read more

Wave of arrests in Saudia Arabia



Women activists harassed for participating in #IAmMyOwnGuardian social media campaign

Maryam Al-Otaibi, a prominent human rights defender and social media activist, was rebuked by her brothers for participating in and promoting the #IAmMyOwnGuardian social media campaign. Read more

Women activists harassed for participating in #IAmMyOwnGuardian social media campaign