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International Day in Support of Victims of Torture: We stand with torture victims in Saudi Arabia and call for those responsible to be held accountable

لقرائته بالعربية اضغط هنا Today, in commemoration of the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, we, the undersigned organizations, stand with the victims of torture in Saudi Arabia. We stand with all human rights defenders and activists who have been arrested and tortured for exercising legitimate rights in reprisal against their ongoing campaign for human rights. The Saudi …

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Torture: Permissible Crime in Saudi prisons

لقرائته بالعربية اضغط هنا In conjunction with the annual International Day in Support of Victims of Torture on June 26, ESOHR has concluded, after reviewing 110 cases of arbitrary detention in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, that the crime of torture is still systemically carried out in Saudi prisons, not excepting children and women. In this study, ESOHR presents its …

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UN rapporteurs raise concerns for the safety of Princess Basma and her daughter

لقرائته بالعربية اضغط هنا In 6 April 2020, the United Nations Special Procedures sent a communication to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia concerning potential human rights violations in the case of Princess Basmah bint Saud bin Abdulaziz al-Saud and her daughter, Suhoud al-Sharif. The communication alleges that Saudi authorities prevented Princess Basmah and her daughter from travelling to seek medical …

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Benelux Union condemns Saudi intimidation of participants in UN activities and calls for release of Samar Badawi and Loujain al-Hathloul

لقرائته بالعربية اضغط هنا The Benelux Union, which includes Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg, has expressed its concerns regarding the intimidation of two human rights advocates from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Loujain al-Hathloul and Samar Badawi. In a statement given by the Dutch representative to the UN, Monique T.G. Van Daalen, under Item 5 of the Human Rights Council, …

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Waleed Abu al-Khair: UN Continues to Demand His Release and Saudi Arabia continue to intransigent

لقرائته بالعربية اضغط هنا The United Nations Special Procedures have submitted yet another inquiry to the Government of Saudi Arabia regarding the case of Waleed Abu al-Khair. Their communication cited UN concerns that al-Khair had been subjected to serious human rights violations, including those concerning his right to a fair trial, to not be arbitrarily arrested, and to be free …

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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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The Public Prosecutor’s Office in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is Seeking Crucifixion of Torture Victim Jalal Labbad – for Alleged Crimes Committed as a Child

لقرائته بالعربية اضغط هنا On 24 January 2019, the Public Prosecutor’s Office in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has sought the hudud penalty for hirabah [unlawful warfare or insurgency] for Jalal Hassan Labbad (born on 3 April 1995), on a variety of charges including demonstrating, some of which date back to when he was a minor. This petition comes in …

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UN rapporteur calls on Saudi Arabia to immediately release Saudi prisoners: Inspirations who give strength to the world

لقرائته بالعربية اضغط هنا The UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders, Mary Lawlor, called on Saudi Arabia to immediately and unconditionally release women human rights advocates, saying the longer they are held in prison, the worse it looks for the Saudi government. In a statement issued on 2 June 2020, coinciding with reports on the absence …

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Open Letter Calling on Management Consulting Firms Involved in Saudi Arabia’s NEOM Project to Publicly Condemn Human Rights Violations Accompanying it

لقرائته بالعربية اضغط هنا On Tuesday, 2 June, ESOHR joined 11 other NGOs in an open letter to Western management consulting firms, asking them to end their involvement in the NEOM project due to gross human rights violations. Find the text of the letter below. To:    Boston Consulting Group, 200 Pier Four Blvd, Boston, MA 02210, United States Oliver …

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