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Saudi Arabia claims to protect the elderly while threatening their lives with detention and harsh treatment

لقرائته بالعربية اضغط هنا The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia says it endeavors to provide care and concern for the elderly and is aware of the importance of using all means possible to promote their rights. In a discussion during the 45th session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva on 21 September 2020, the head of the Human Rights Section …

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States Express “Deep Concern” as Saudi Arabia bids to rejoin UN Human Rights Council

لقرائته بالعربية اضغط هنا On 15 September 2020 at the Human Rights Council in Geneva, a group of 29 States  expressed “deep con-cern” about human rights in Saudi Arabia. Reprieve and the European Saudi Organization for Human Rights (ESOHR) support this statement and echo its concerns, chiefly that the Saudi Arabian government has not followed promises of reform with action …

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European Union criticizes Saudi Arabia’s ongoing detention of women activists, calls for real accountability for Khashoggi’s murderers

لقرائته بالعربية اضغط هنا The European Union has raised concerns regarding the detention of female human rights advocates in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. In a statement delivered on behalf of the EU countries at the UN Human Rights Council, on 15 September 2020, the German representative in Geneva, Mr. Michael Ungern-Sternberg, noted the ongoing detention of activist Loujain al-Hathloul. …

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29 States call on Saudi Arabia at the HRC to release women political detainees

لقرائته بالعربية اضغط هنا On behalf of 29 countries, Denmark raised fears regarding the status of human rights in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. In a joint statement during the Human Rights Council’s 45th session in Geneva, on 15 September 2020, Denmark voiced its deep regret for “the continued detention of at least five women human rights defenders, arrested in …

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High Commissioner calls for immediate release of Saudi women detainees

لقرائته بالعربية اضغط هنا The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, has expressed her deep concern over the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s ongoing arbitrary detention of women human rights advocates who have called for women to be empowered to make their own choices, and she called for their release without delay. The High Commissioner raised her concerns about …

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Callamard: Rulings in Khashoggi case are illegitimate, Bin Salman remains shielded from responsibility

لقرائته بالعربية اضغط هنا Agnès Callamard, the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary, or arbitrary executions, believes that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman continues to be shielded from any type of investigation into his responsibility for the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, stressing that the rulings in this case must not be allowed to “whitewash what happened.” In a series of tweets on …

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Family torn apart by wrongful deportation of four abused young women

لقرائته بالعربية اضغط هنا At this moment, in southwest Saudi Arabia, a bus is transporting four sisters who are being forcibly and arbitrarily deported to Yemen as a result of a deportation order issued by the Ministry of Interior. The order came in spite of a domestic abuse case pending before the court, involving the girls’ father. The second hearing …

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After announcing review of death sentences against three minors, Public Prosecution continues to seek execution of others, including three in one case

لقرائته بالعربية اضغط هنا In a major propaganda campaign, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is discussing abolishing the ta’zir [discretionary] death penalty against minors, yet the lives of others remain under threat. On 26 August 2020, the official Saudi Human Rights Commission announced the implementation of the royal order issued in March 2020, to review the sentences handed down against three people. The announcement came …

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Enforced disappearance in Saudi Arabia: A crime out of control

لقرائته بالعربية اضغط هنا On 30 August 2020, the world marked International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances. At the same time, the government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia continues to use enforced disappearance as a strategy that the UN believes is often used “to spread terror within society.” Saudi Arabia is considered one of the countries that …

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Continuing Danger On the Lives of Minors after Saudi Arabia Announced Retrial of 3 and Ignored Others

لقرائته بالعربية اضغط هنا On 26 August 2020, the Human Rights Commission in Saudi Arabia announced that the Public Prosecution had referred for resentencing “the death sentences issued against three persons previously convicted of crimes they committed while minors, namely Ali al-Nimr, Dawood al-Marhoon and Abdullah al-Zahir.” The statement indicated that this decision is an implementation of the royal order …

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