Saudi Arabia

Two activists released despite authorities' complete intolerance of online activism and dissent

Saudi blogger and human rights defender Raif Badawi was released from prison after completing his ten-year sentence; internet activist Naimah Al-Matrod was released from Al-Dammam prison in poor health, after being subjected to ill-treatment for six years; The SCC in Riyadh decided to postpone the trial of ten Egyptian Nubian citizens for a period of two months; the Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) called on the Saudi authorities to reveal the whereabouts and conditions in which Internet activist and aid worker Abdulrahman Al-Sadhan is being held. Read more

Two activists released despite authorities' complete intolerance of online activism and dissent

Severe disconnect between carefully curated international image & suppression of civil society

The Saudi authorities release a man who was sentenced to death as a child for protest-related crimes; trial begins against 10 Egyptian citizens in relation to organising a public symposium on the war of 6th October 1973; report on Saudi Arabia's progress in implementing last UPR recommendations documents a shocking lack of action on 258 recommendations to improve human rights, many of which were accepted by the Saudi authorities during the last UPR cycle in 2018 Read more

Severe disconnect between carefully curated international image & suppression of civil society

CSOs Denounce Recent Intensification in the Persecution of HRDs and Dissenting Voices

Amnesty International deplores recent intensification in the persecution of human rights defenders and dissidents; (GCHR) releases a new report entitled, “Ongoing violations of freedom of expression on and off the Internet and restrictions of diverse opinions” which documents the “new era of massive violations of civil and human rights of human rights defenders; GCHR also documents repeated abuse of human rights defenders in Saudi prisons; Mustafa Al-Darwish executed after conviction at a deeply-flawed trial on charges of participation in 2011-2012 anti-government riots Read more

CSOs Denounce Recent Intensification in the Persecution of HRDs and Dissenting Voices

Reports reveal death threats by Saudi officials against UN expert, reprisals against HRDs unabating

ports reveal that the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial killings, Agnès Callamard, had received death threats from Saudi officials in January 2020 because of her investigation and extensive report on the extrajudicial killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul in 2018; The Saudi government continues its relentless trend to abuse the criminal and judicial systems to punish those who fight for human rights - HRDs continue to suffer within the Saudi justice system Read more

Reports reveal death threats by Saudi officials against UN expert, reprisals against HRDs unabating

Saudi Arabia continues to detain, harass and torture human rights defenders

Specialised Criminal Court (SCC) sentences prominent Saudi woman human rights defender Loujain Al-Hathloul to five years and eight months in prison; human rights defender Mohammad Abdullah Al-Otaibi sentenced to another year in prison; Saudi-American medical doctor Dr Walid Fitaihi sentenced to six years in prison on vague charges; Human Rights Watch criticises proposed reforms to the kafala system for excluding 3.7 million domestic workers; Read more

Saudi Arabia continues to detain, harass and torture human rights defenders

Activists & women human rights defenders continue to face reprisals

15th May 2020 marked the two-year anniversary of the arrest of WHRD Loujain Al-Hathloul; , Activist Dr Abdullah Al-Hamid dies in Al-Ha'ir prison in Riyadh; Yemeni blogger and human rights defender, Mohamad Al-Bokari arrested for LGBTIQ+ related post; Read more

Activists & women human rights defenders continue to face reprisals

Women’s Rights Defender, Loujain Al-Hathloul, due in court

Loujain Al-Hathloul, the prominent Saudi Arabian women’s rights defender, due to appear in court in Riyadh; Amnesty International releases a report which exposes how, despite the authorities’ reform-oriented rhetoric, there is an increasing tendency to use the Specialized Criminal Court (SCC) as a weapon to systematically silence dissent; Detained human rights defenders Walid Abu Al-Khair, Raif Badawi and Khaled Al-Omair go on prolonged hunger strikes. Read more

Women’s Rights Defender, Loujain Al-Hathloul, due in court

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