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Saudi Arabia: At least a dozen people injured in Qatif as security forces openly target civilians in latest round of indiscriminate and excessive force

لقراءته بالعربية اضغط هنا Since early Monday morning, security forces stationed at the Awamiyah Police Station in the Qatif Governorate in the east of Saudi Arabia have been resorting to excessive and indiscriminate force by firing directly at civilian targets in the neighborhoods and on the streets adjacent to the Awamiyah Police Station. According to information from eyewitnesses and local ...

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Saudi Arabia: Authorities extra judicially execute two people with a car explosion in an unprecedented step

لقراءته بالعربية اضغط هنا On the evening of 1 June 2017, the Saudi Arabian authorities extra judicially executed two people they had listed as wanted suspects in the Qatif Governorate of the country’s Eastern Province. It is the first time that the Saudi authorities have resorted to explosives to extra judicially execute people in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia, ...

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Saudi Arabia moves youngest political prisoner to Mabahith prison raising fears of torture

لقراءته بالعربية اضغط هنا The Saudi authorities have moved the juvenile Murtaja al-Qureyrees to the ill-reputed General Directorate Investigations (GDI, also known as al-Mabahith) prison in al-Dammam, where prisoners are taken to be tortured and ill-treated. This move on 25 May came during the month of Ramadan when the authorities typically pardon and release prisoners, andafter the authoritieshad stated that ...

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Saudi Arabia continues to forcibly evict citizens in Awamiyah through use of excessive force in violation of international law

لقراءته بالعربية اضغط هنا Saudi Arabia must immediately end its forced eviction of residents of Awamiyah through arbitrary practices and use of excessive force, and in violation of international law, said the European Saudi Organization for Human Rights (ESOHR). On 15 May 2017, the Saudi authorities cut off the power of neighborhoods in Awamiyah at a time of the year ...

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Muzzling dissent: Saudi Arabia’s efforts to choke civil society

Amnesty, 9 Oct. 2014: Peaceful human rights activists have been routinely harassed, rounded up like criminals and often ill-treated in detention as the Saudi Arabian authorities go to extreme lengths to hound critics into silent submission, said Amnesty International in a campaign briefing published today. Saudi Arabia’s ACPRA: How the Kingdom silences its human rights activists profiles 11 members of the ...

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Saudi Arabia is leading a military operation in Awamiyah, terrorizing tens of thousands of civilians and opposing the United Nations demand of protecting the traditional Mosawara neighborhood

لقراءته بالعربية اضغط هنا The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia raided the city of Awamiyah at 3:40 am on Wednesday, 10 May 2017,  placing the city under siege by closing most of its outlets. The raid was carried out by a large number of heavily armed armored and military vehicles, accompanied by equipment to demolish the  heritage Mosawara. While Saudi Arabia ...

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From The Human Rights Council in Geneva: Fears for Saudi Civil Society due to arbitrary arrests and political executions

لقراءته بالعربية اضغط هنا Human Rights Organisations raised concerns regarding the continued illegal practice of arbitrary detentionby some states, such as Saudi Arabia. During an oral intervention from Zena AlEsia (a researcher representing ESOHR), a statement was presented withNGO Americans for Democracy and Human Rights in Bahrain (ADHRB), at the Human Council in Geneva during its 33rd session on Thursday ...

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The fierce assault against activists continues: The Saudi government summons Samar Badawi

On Monday 13th February 2017, Saudi Arabia’s Bureau of Investigation and Prosecution (BIP) in Jeddah summoned the human rights defender Samar Badawi for investigation on Wednesday 15th February at 10 o’clock. They did not inform her of the reason for the call. The summons before the BIP, a body which is overseen by the interior minister and Crown Prince Mohammed ...

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Saudi Arabia employs the term “supporting terrorism” in a flawed trial of a human rights defender Naimah Almatrod

لقراءته بالعربية اضغط هنا In the context of the intensified and escalating crackdown against activists and human rights defenders, Saudi Arabia continues to pursue various methods of intimidation that have become a consistent behavior in dealing with dissent, such as the recent investigation with human rights defender Samar Badawi on 15 February 2017. In addition to this is the arrest ...

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