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Will Drop In Saudi Executions Last?

لقرائته بالعربية اضغط هنا Saudi Arabia executed 25 people in 2020, according to monitoring carried out by ESOHR and Reprieve. Violations of international law included the execution of at least one minor and at least five people convicted of drug-related offences, amid persistent concerns of systematic torture and resulting unfair trials. This is the lowest figure on record since ESOHR …

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Saudi Arabia: Pandemic of Repression without a Cure

لقرائته بالعربية اضغط هنا Introduction The year 2020 posed a challenge for all the world’s countries as the COVID-19 pandemic dictated policies and priorities. Within the context of the pandemic, international voices called for the adoption of strong measures to protect human rights and grant greater civil, political, economic, social, and cultural rights. However, that did not compel the government of …

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UN Harshly Criticizes Saudi Anti-Terror Law

لقرائته بالعربية اضغط هنا The Special Procedures of the United Nations Human Rights Council last week harshly criticized the government of Saudi Arabia in a report on the Kingdom’s anti-terrorism law. The human rights experts found the law to be “aimed at limiting fundamental freedoms and basic principles of international human rights law,” and “may be used to severely restrict the …

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Saudi Arabia sentences Loujain al-Hathloul to prison: Human rights advocacy is not a crime

Loujain al-Hathloul لقرائته بالعربية اضغط هنا On 28 December 2020, the Specialized Criminal Court in Riyadh issued an unjust first instance judgment sentencing human rights advocate Loujain al-Hathloul to five years and eight months in prison, with two years and ten months suspended. Loujain was arrested on 18 May 2018, amid Saudi Arabia’s ruthless campaign against the country’s most prominent …

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Extremist Saudi judiciary sentences Ali Al Rabie with discretionary death penalty on charges that include demonstrating

لقرائته بالعربية اضغط هنا Amid the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s continued cruel and unjust use of the death penalty, the Supreme Court has given final ratification for the ta’zir [discretionary] death penalty of Saudi citizen Ali Hassan Al Rabie, which means that he may be killed at any moment. According to formal Saudi law, he can no longer appeal the ruling, …

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ESOHR organizes first conference for victims of Saudi violations: World paving a way to hold perpetrators accountable

لقرائته بالعربية اضغط هنا On the occasion of World Human Rights Day on December 10, ESOHR organized the first conference for victims of Saudi government violations. Several victims, their families, and those expressing their suffering spoke at the conference, along with international human rights lawyers. The conference was held remotely and moderated by journalist Zaher al-Shehri. ESOHR’s Vice President, Adel …

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Violence against women in Saudi Arabia: an ailment without cure in public and private life

لقرائته بالعربية اضغط هنا International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women is a reminder of the abuses and violence that women suffer in Saudi Arabia, both publicly and privately. The ongoing persecution of women in Saudi prisons is led by official agencies, such as the Presidency of State Security, the Public Prosecution, and the judiciary. Despite the lack …

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UN Rapporteur stresses that Saudi measures against Qatar involve human rights violations

لقرائته بالعربية اضغط هنا The UN Special Rapporteur on the negative impact of unilateral coercive measures on the enjoyment of human rights, Alena Douhan, has stated that the sanctions imposed on Qatar by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and other nations have harmed Qataris’ ability to enjoy many basic rights and freedoms related to family life, education, work, health, private property, …

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After her hunger strike against abuses, UN committee demands Saudi Arabia to immediately release Al-Hathloul and other women detainees

لقرائته بالعربية اضغط هنا The Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) has called for the immediate release of human rights advocate Loujain al-Hathloul and all female rights advocates detained in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. In a statement issued on 5 November 2020, the committee expressed its concern over al-Hathloul’s deteriorating health, who has been on hunger strike …

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After long hiatus, court resumes trial of minors, and the prosecution insists the death penalty

لقرائته بالعربية اضغط هنا On 29 October 2020, the Specialized Criminal Court in Riyadh held a new hearing in the trial of eight detainees, including five minors. According to reports received by ESOHR, the youngest defendant in this case, Mohammed Issam al-Faraj, did not attend the hearing for unknown reasons, and the hearing was characterized by secrecy. This hearing is …

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