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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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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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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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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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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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Two years after start of trial: Violations and delay in the case of six activists; four face the death penalty

لقرائته بالعربية اضغط هنا Two years after trial began and five years after arrest, the Specialized Criminal Court in Riyadh continues to deal fraudulently with the case of six human rights advocates facing charges related to the exercise of peaceful activities. Four of the defendants are threatened with the death penalty. The Public Prosecution had previously requested the death penalty …

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UN rapporteurs question Saudi Arabia’s vague decision to end the execution of minors

لقرائته بالعربية اضغط هنا Special rapporteurs from the United Nations raised concerns about the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s failure to publish the text of the royal decree that the Human Rights Commission said protects minors from the death penalty. The rapporteurs asserted that this is leading to uncertainty regarding the scope of the decision and whether it contains any exceptions, …

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Debate over abolishing the discretionary death penalty in Saudi Arabia: Official disregard for individual lives and attempt to mislead

لقرائته بالعربية اضغط هنا In anticipation of how the government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will handle the death penalty issue and the possibility of its increased use after the end of the Corona pandemic measures, ESOHR believes that implementing any death sentence amid the ongoing debate in the Shura Council regarding the abolition of the discretionary death penalty …

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Sheikh al-Jirani kidnapping: Unlimited number of suspects in mysterious crime

لقرائته بالعربية اضغط هنا On 13 December 2016, Sheikh Mohammed Abdullah al-Jirani, a judge at the Endowments and Inheritance Circuit in Qatif, was kidnapped by masked men in front of his home in Tarout Island, and driven to an unknown location, according to official newspaper reports. On 19 December 2017, the Saudi Ministry of Interior announced that a body had …

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