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UN Rapporteurs call for the release of Al-Hathloul and other women rights advocates: Reforms amid on arrests are mere deception

لقرائته بالعربية اضغط هنا UN human rights experts have expressed their concern over the initiation of proceedings against human rights advocate Loujain al-Hathloul in the Specialized Criminal Court (aka Terrorism Court). They called for her immediate release from prison and the dropping of “spurious” charges against her related to exercising her basic rights to freedom of expression, peaceful assembly, and …

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Prominent Human Rights Lawyer Finds Loopholes in Saudi Abolition of Child Executions

London, UK – A prominent UK-based human rights attorney has published an analysis on the recent human rights reforms on child executions passed in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The analysis shows that the reforms, while representing a positive first step, do not go far enough to honor Saudi Arabia’s international human rights commitments and completely eliminate the death penalty …

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Lawyer Al-Hajji calls on countries to not support Saudi Arabia’s re-election to Human Rights Council membership

لقرائته بالعربية اضغط هنا On 28 September 2020, in the framework of discussions on Item 4 of the 45th session of the HRC, a speech was given on behalf of lawyer Taha al-Hajji. Al-Hajji noted that he was formerly a lawyer in Saudi Arabia who spent his life defending his clients, among them children who faced the risk of execution …

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Finland expresses deep concern over Saudi violations

لقرائته بالعربية اضغط هنا Finland’s UN ambassador in Geneva, Ms. Kirsti Kauppi, expressed her country’s deep concern over the prolonged detention of men and women human rights advocates in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. In her statement during the discussions of Item 4 of the 45th session of the Human Rights Council, Ms. Kauppi noted the persistence of discriminatory practices …

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France calls on Saudi Arabia to permanently end use of the death penalty

لقرائته بالعربية اضغط هنا During a discussion of Item 4 at the 45th session of the Human Rights Council, France’s UN ambassador in Geneva, François Gave, stressed that countries must carry out all of their obligations, especially those which they voluntarily took on. Gave noted that the death penalty remains widespread around the world, and he called on countries still …

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At the Human Rights Council: Denmark stresses that the true test of reform is implementation on the ground

لقرائته بالعربية اضغط هنا At the 45th session of the Human Rights Council, Denmark criticized the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s practices. In a speech delivered on 25 September 2020, by Morten Jespersen, Denmark’s UN ambassador in Geneva, Denmark noted that it had reviewed the latest Saudi reforms and that implementation is crucial. Denmark also expressed its deep concern about the …

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Sweden calls on Saudi Arabia to respect freedom of opinion and expression

لقرائته بالعربية اضغط هنا Sweden’s UN ambassador, Anna Jardfelt, stated that countries must respect their commitments. In a speech before the Human Rights Council on 24 September 2020, Jardfelt called on the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to ensure freedom of expression, opinion, assembly, and association for all, including human rights advocates. Along with 29 countries, Sweden participated in a statement …

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Luxembourg criticizes Saudi Arabia’s retaliatory practices against human rights advocates

لقرائته بالعربية اضغط هنا Luxembourg’s delegate to the United Nations, Anne Goedert, sharply criticized the treatment of human rights advocates in several countries, including the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. In her statement before the 45th session of the Human Rights Council, Ms. Goedert noted the acts of violence and retaliation carried out against human rights advocates. Her speech noted that …

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At the HRC: The Netherlands asks about the fate of recommendations regarding Khashoggi killing

لقرائته بالعربية اضغط هنا The Netherlands’ representative to the UN Human Rights Council, Ms. Nathalie Olijslager, inquired about the status of recommendations made by the Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary, or Arbitrary Executions in the case of the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. During the discussion of the Special Rapporteur’s report at the 44th session of the HRC (8 July …

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Norway calls on Saudi Arabia to allow freedom of opinion and expression

لقرائته بالعربية اضغط هنا Norway’s representative to the Human Rights Council, Mr. Hans Brattskar, called on Saudi Arabia to allow freedom of opinion, expression, and assembly without fear of retaliatory prosecution. In a speech at the HRC’s 43rd session, Brattskar noted that states continue to prosecute individuals who express their opinion, especially using the internet. He stressed that journalists are those most …

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