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55 Detainees are facing death sentences in Saudi Arabia, including Children, protesters and opinion makers


  لقراءته بالعربية اضغط هنا According to the latest update issued by the European Saudi Organisation for Human Rights (ESOHR) on the cases of those condemned to death in Saudi Arabia, 55 prisoners are facing death sentences. The vast majority of them were not convicted with charges that are classified as serious crimes. The Organization also observed that some of ... Read More »

A lack of pre-trial rights for defendants accused of spying for Iran


لقراءته بالعربية اضغط هنا On 21st February 2016, the trial of dozens of detainees accused by the Saudi authorities of spying for Iran began. The defendants were segmented into groups in the opening session, and the trial was scheduled to last 5 days starting from 21st February until 25th February. One of the official press reports about the case, pointed ... Read More »

ESOHR and 12 NGOs Demand Release of Ali al-Nimr


لقراءته بالعربية اضغط هنا Marking the fourth anniversary of Ali al-Nimr’s arrest, Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain and 11 other NGOs demand that Saudi Arabia repeal the death penalty against Ali al-Nimr and all other protesters who were arrested as minors, including Dawood Hussein al-Marhoon and Abdullah Hasan al-Zaher. Saudi security forces arrested Ali al-Nimr on 14 February 2012 ... Read More »

Despite international outrage, Saudi Arabia maintains it’s insistence that poet Fayadh remains classified as a criminal


لقراءته بالعربية اضغط هنا After 11 weeks since his death penalty sentence was issued for Palestinian poet Ashraf Fayadh, the General Court in Abha issued the final appeal verdict. On the 2nd of February 2016, the Court issued a new decision to commutethe death sentence to a lesser sentence of eight years imprisonment,, 800 lashes (to be delievered as 50 ... Read More »

Saudi: Fears heighten over the fate of 28 citizens who have been accused of espionage on behalf of Iran. They have been transferred to the terror court after almost three years since their initial detention.


لقراءته بالعربية اضغط هنا On 12th January 2016, the Bureau of Investigation and Prosecution in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia referred 28 detained individuals, most of whom areSaudi citizens that had been arrested during a series of arrests on 17th March 2013, to Riyadh’s Specialized Criminal Court (SCC) on espionage charges, more specifically, for spying for the Islamic Republic of ... Read More »

The recent arrest of two female activists Israa Ghamgam and Samar Badawi, signalsa serious deterioration freedom of expression andthe dignity of womenin Saudi Arabia

human rights defender Samar Badawi

لقراءته بالعربية اضغط هنا On Tuesday 12th January 2016, the Saudi authorities arrested human rights defender Samar Badawi on the basis of her human rights activities, which Saudi Arabia still considers iscrime that is worthy of a trial in the Specialized Criminal Court, a court which is being usedto try both the terrorists and human rights defenders, based on the ... Read More »

Days after the UN Statement about the Deterioration of Freedom of Expression in Saudi Arabia,Mr. Zuhair Kutbi gets 4-year in Jail and 15-year writing Ban


لقراءته بالعربية اضغط هنا The Specialized Criminal Court (SCC) has sentenced the journalist and writer Mr. Zuhair Kutbi for 4-year and 2-year suspended sentence, 5-year travel ban, 15-year writing ban plus a fine of one hundred thousand riyals ($37,500). Mr. Kutbi, 62 years old, was arrested on July 15th of 2015 after a TV interview where he called for political ... Read More »

Awaiting execution: Abdullah Al-Zaher, arrested age 15, receives a secret prison transfer and incommunicado detention

Abdullah Al-Zaher

ESOHR would like to express their deep concern regarding the sudden transfer of youngest activist on death row Abdullah Al-Zaher’s, to Aseer prison which located in the southern region of Saudi Arabia where he is being held incommunicado. This secret transfer is particularly concerning for several reasons: Singled out: Abdullah is one of 6 other youth sentenced to death in ... Read More »



لقراءته بالعربية اضغط هنا Within the framework of theEuropean Saudi Organization for Human Rights (ESOHR) objectives is the defense ofvictims ofhuman rights violationsin Saudi Arabia, and after correspondence with legal parties, a legal analysis for the judicial rulingand documentsertaining to the case of Ali Al-Nimr was undertaken. The legal analysis found shocking flaws related to the procedural aspects of detention, ... Read More »

Despite deeply flawed trials, pro-government media sources increase fears surrounding Saudi’s plan to execute activists


لقراءته بالعربية اضغط هنا ESOHR would like to bring urgent attention to the deliberate and strategic media campaign to publish news on the imminent mass execution of over 50 individuals in Saudi Arabia. Since the 20th November several Saudi sources close to the government published news of a mass execution. Initial articles were published by pro-government media Okaz, Al-Riyadh, Al-Jazeera ... Read More »