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Saudi Arabia: Sheikh Samir al-Hilal detained in isolation from the outside world for 43 months

لقراءته بالعربية اضغط هنا Sheikh Samir al-Hilal (born 20 December 1960) has been isolated from the outside world since December 2015, raising serious concerns that he may be suffering from torture and other forms of cruel and degrading treatment in Saudi prisons. On 16 December 2015, Ministry of Interior forces arrested al-Hilal as he was leaving his home in the …

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Bidoon victims of unjust practices and laws: temporary solutions do not protect rights

لقراءته بالعربية اضغط هنا The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia continues to violate international human rights laws in its treatment of approximately a quarter million stateless persons (known as “Bidoon”). At the beginning of the country’s school semester in September 2019, Bidoon children had difficulty accessing their basic rights to education. The family of Bidoon schoolgirl Nawar Khalid al-Enezi published a …

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Baroness and Former House of Lords Member Calls for Sending a Delegation to Saudi Arabia for Inquiry into the Death Penalty, Calls for Return of Victims’ Bodies

لقراءته بالعربية اضغط هنا Barrister, baroness, and former House of Lords member Helena Kennedy released a report prepared in coordination with human rights groups on the illegal death penalty in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia that expressed her concern about the grave violations involved inthispunishment’s application. Titled “A Perverse and Ominous Enterprise: The Death Penalty and Illegal Executions in Saudi …

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Enforced Disappearance in Saudi Arabia: A Prelude to Murder or Tortureand Arbitrary Sentecing

لقراءته بالعربية اضغط هنا The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia practices enforced disappearance, which the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance defines as “the arrest, detention, abduction or any other form of deprivation of liberty by agents of the State or by persons or groups of persons acting with the authorization, support or acquiescence of the …

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A year after the beginning of the trial of activist al-Ghomgham: Requestfor execution filed amid ongoing abuses

لقراءته بالعربية اضغط هنا August 2019 marks the one-year anniversary of the beginning of the trial of human rights advocate Israa al-Ghomgham, in which the Public Prosecutor sought the death penalty. The petition – which provoked widespread condemnation for being the first time that prosecutors had requested the death sentence for a detained female human rights advocate – was amended …

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Saudi Arabia has prevented five children from seeing their fatherfor one year

لقرائته بالعربية إضغط هنا The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia continues to prevent five children and their mother from traveling and for almost a year has deprived them of seeing their father who lives abroad. On August 18, 2018, Mrs. Zahra al-Hashim and her five children (Hassan, 10, Hussein, 9, Zeinab, 7, Abbas, 3, and Fatima, 2) left Beirut, where she was …

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Saudi Arabia: Seeking hudud punishment for hiraba for activist 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 an activist who led demonstrations and funeral marches for demonstrators, activists, and photographers killed by Saudi forces during various demonstrations and raids. The Saudi government arrested Hussein al-Farraj …

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With at least 46 women in its political prisons, Saudi Arabia is easing some restrictions on women

لقرائته بالعربية إضغط هنا On July 30, 2019, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia issued a royal decree containing revisions to certain laws related to women. The decree partially amends four governmental regulations under which women’s decisions and movements were held captive to men for decades. The amendments, published in official newspaper Um Al Qura, include the travel documents law, civil status …

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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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The United Nations releases four letters to Saudi Arabia regarding abuses against women and Palestinians, follow-up on the guardianship system, and Khashoggi’s murder

لقرائته بالعربية إضغط هنا During the forty-first session of the UN Human Rights Council (24 June-12 July 2019), special rapporteurs presented four issues raised with Saudi Arabia, consisting of letters Saudi Arabia received between December 2018 and February 2019 and the subsequent replies received by the rapporteurs between February 1 and April 30, 2019. The four letters raised to 95 the …

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