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Arbitrary arrest of social media celebrity Abu al-Feda: Saudi Arabia invokes Coronavirus measures at the expense of freedom of expression

لقرائته بالعربية اضغط هنا On 3 June 2020, the government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia arrested a Snapchat celebrity known as Abu al-Feda. The arrest came after he published a video clip of empty store shelves where he called on people to take only what they need. Al-Feda, a young man from the eastern Saudi city of Al-Ahsa, is …

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Working Group concludes that the detention of Al-Nukheifi, Al-Shubaili, and Al-Hamid is arbitrary, based on their human rights activities, and demands that those responsible for violations be held accountable

لقرائته بالعربية اضغط هنا The Working Group on Arbitrary Detention stated that the detention of Issa al-Nukheifi, Abdulaziz al-Shubaili, and Issa al-Hamid is arbitrary, and it called on the Saudi government to take the necessary steps to correct their situation without delay and in alignment with relevant international standards. In an opinion issued in February 2020, the Working Group considered …

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Social solidarity and sympathy during the holiday: A weapon against the Saudi government’s persecution of the people

لقرائته بالعربية إضغط هنا Feelings of fear, sadness, and anticipation prevail in many homes in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia asthe Eid al-Fitr holiday approaches this year. With the world fighting the Coronavirus epidemic, and amid fears of its spread in prisons, families in Saudi Arabia are being forbidden from seeing or visiting their imprisoned relatives. Some families have confirmed …

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One year after the April massacre and ten months since a formal denial of violations: Continuing fears for the life of Dr. Abbas Alabbad

Dr. Abbas Alabbad

لقرائته بالعربية إضغط هنا On 24 June 2019, the government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia responded to a letter it received in May 2019, from several UN special rapporteurs, regarding the case of detainee Dr. Abbas Alabbad. The Saudi response included a denial of information presented in the complaint concerning abuses against Abbas Alabbad, a consultant pediatric nephrologist at …

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Facing the death sentence 56 months after his arrest:Awayshirdenied justice, suffering aggravated whenkept from his father’s deathbed

لقرائته بالعربية إضغط هنا Fifty-six months after his arrest, a judge in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia continues to delay the case of prisoner Ali Ahmed Awayshir and his co-defendants, Mousa al-Hashim, Ahmed al-Matroud, and Khalid al-Ghanim. All four face the death sentenceas requestedby the Public Prosecutor’s office in August 2018. The delay in the case and the postponement of …

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Freedom of the press in Saudi Arabia falls prey tomurder, arrest, and surveillance

لقرائته بالعربية ��ضغط هنا From behind prison bars, and amid fear of retaliation and unfair laws, journalists in Saudi Arabia celebratedWorld Press Freedom Day on 3 May 2020, under the theme,“Journalism Without Fear or Favor.” The United Nations proclaimed World Press Freedom Day in 1993 with the goal of reminding “governments of the need to respect their commitment to freedom …

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A “Misleading” Royal Order to Halt the Execution of Minors in Saudi Arabia

لقرائته بالعربية اضغط هنا On 24 March 2020, the Government of Saudi Arabia issued a royal decree to suspend all death sentences in the form of taazir against persons who had not attained 18 years of age at the time of the commission of their alleged offence, and to amend all provisions in accordance with the juvenile system to provide …

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Human Rights Defender Dr. Abdullah al-Hamid Dead After Unfair Targeting and Deliberate Medical Neglect

لقرائته بالعربية اضغط هنا On 24 April 2020, the human rights defender Dr. Abdullah Al-Hamid died in hospital, after suffering from medical negligence in detention. Al-Hamid is one of the most prominent founders of the Civil and Political Rights Association, Hasm, who was arrested several times because of his human rights activities and his demands for reform. In September 2018, …

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A year after April massacre: Families Await Justice and the Bodies Return

لقراءته بالعربية اضغط هنا 23 April 2020 marks the anniversary of the mass execution of 37 people in Saudi Arabia. The massacre targeted those accused of both violent and non-violent crimes including those related to participating in demonstrations and the exercise of legitimate rights, and showed the true face of a Saudi Arabia that has repeatedly promised to respect human …

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After four years in solitary confinement: Fear of secret trial for Sheikh al-Hilal

لقرائته بالعربية إضغط هنا Four years after his arrest in clear violation of international and local laws, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia continues to keep Sheikh Samir al-Hilal in solitary confinement for the fourth year without any contact with family members or a lawyer, without charging him, and without trial. Since September 2015, the family of Sheikh Samir al-Hilal (born …

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