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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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UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention Outraged at the Execution of al-Hawaj and Al Adam

لقراءته بالعربية اضغط هنا The Groupasserts that Saudi Arabia’s violation of its international obligations may constitute crimes against humanity The United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention expressed outrage at Saudi Arabia’s execution of Abdulkareem al-Hawaj and Munir Al Adamas part of its horrific mass execution of 37 people on April 23, 2019,even after calls in August 2018 to specifically …

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Before Human Rights Council representatives: official Human Rights Commission promotes formalities without making Saudi Arabia effectively cease its ongoing violations

لقراءته بالعربية اضغط هنا The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s official Human Rights Commission is promoting what it describes as a human rights achievement: the launching of an initiative that uses national databases to track the implementation of recommendations from international mechanisms. At the November 3, 2019, ceremony(attended by Nathalie Fustier, UN Resident Coordinator in Saudi Arabia, and Christina Meinecke, coordinator …

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UN Experts express “shock, dismay, and outrage” at arbitrary execution of Saudi citizen

لقراءته بالعربية اضغط هنا Today, the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD) published an Opinion on the case of Abbas al-Hassan, a Saudi man who was arrested in 2013 and executed on 23 April 2019. The WGAD found his detention to have been arbitrary and unlawful, in violation of his right to a fair trial, his right to …

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Saudi Arabia executes head of household, 16 months after confirming to the United Nations a final sentence of eight years in prison

لقراءته بالعربية اضغط هنا On April 23, 2019, as part of a mass execution of 37 citizens, the Saudi government put to death Haydar Al Leif (born January 14, 1976) despite having previously assured UN special rapporteurs, in December 2017, that his death sentence had been overturned and his final sentence was eight years in prison. Al Leif was arrested …

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Four years after the UN confirmed heinous violations in his case: Saudi Arabia is close to beheading Jordanian prisoner, Hussein Abu al-Khair

لقراءته بالعربية اضغط هنا On September 26, 2019, the family of a Jordanian prisoner held by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Hussein Abu al-Khair, was notified that the criminal court in Tabuk had rejected the appeal of his death sentence on drug-related charges. A representative of the Jordanian Embassy in Saudi Arabia, tasked with monitoring the affairs of Jordanian prisoners, …

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The UN sends 6 complaints in 4 months to the Saudi government regarding its growing violations of human rights

لقراءته بالعربية اضغط هنا From the late March to early July of 2019, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia received six letters from UN special rapporteurs regarding several cases of human rights violations, and it responded to five of them within the legal deadlines. The letters came from a number of groups and rapporteurs on the topics of forced disappearances, torture, …

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Saudi Arabia: Seeking hudud punishment for hiraba for HRD tortured during interrogation

لقرائته بالعربية إضغط هنا In a serious development regarding the death penalty in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the public prosecution has sought the hudud punishment for hiraba (waging war against God) for a human rights defender who led demonstrations and funeral marches for demonstrators, activists, and photographers killed by Saudi forces during various demonstrations and raids. The Saudi government arrested …

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After a 14-year prison sentence and UN requests for release: Saudi Arabia opens a new case against activist Mohammed al-Otaibi

لقرائته بالعربية إضغط هنا Three months after the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention requested the immediate release of human rights advocate Mohammed al-Otaibi, the judiciary of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has opened a new case against him. In April 2019, the Working Group published its legal opinion on the case of human rights advocate Mohammed al-Otaibi (born August 1968), …

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Saudi Arabia responds to United Nations rapporteur request to suspend 37 death sentences by beheading

لقراءته بالعربية اضغط هنا Regarding several individuals beheaded on 23 April 2019, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia blatantly disregarded requests and recommendations previously submitted by Ben Emmerson, the former Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism. Ben Emmerson had frankly and straightforwardly requested that the Saudi government “re-examine all cases in which …

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