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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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UN Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association put Saudi Arabia at the forefront of the scene of exercising religious and political fundamentalism

In the framework of the 32nd Session of the Human Rights Council, the UN Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedoms of peaceful assembly and of association, Maina Kiai, published a report in which he focused on fundamentalism and extremism which threaten the right of individuals to peaceful gathering and association. The report which was issued in (7 June 2016), ...

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Saudi Arabia systemically continues to carry out executions which lack minimum conditions of fair trials and official news about the execution of 4 unidentified prisoners

Saudi news media reported that Saudi Arabia determines to perform executions against four prisoners. This news confirms that the execution of 47 prisoners by the Saudi authorities in January 2, 2016, was not just a fleeting violation, but it is a systematic approach, comprising many indications which raise serious concerns over the reality and the future of the human rights ...

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Saudi Arabia: King’s Reform Agenda Unfulfilled

(Beirut) – King Abdullah’s reign brought about marginal advances for women but failed to secure the fundamental rights of Saudi citizens to free expression, association, and assembly. Abdullah’s successor, King Salman, should halt persecution of peaceful dissidents and religious minorities, end pervasive discrimination against women, and ensure greater protections for migrant workers. Over King Abdullah’s nine-and-a-half year rule, reform manifested ...

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Saudi Arabia: Long Jail Terms for Activists

(Beirut) – Saudi authorities sentenced several leading human rights activists and other reform advocates to lengthy jail terms in 2014 for their peaceful activism, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2015. Saudi Arabia imprisoned the activists on broad, catch-all charges designed to criminalize peaceful dissent, such as “breaking allegiance with the ruler” and “setting up an unlicensed ...

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Joint statement calls the Saudi government to commit to its international obligations in Al-Nimer’s case

16 human rights organizations and institutions have signed a statement that calls the Saudi government to commit to its pledges that made to the Human Rights Council of the United Nations. The statement condemned the death penalty  since it’s systematically targeted Al-Nimer for his defense of human rightsand revealing of abuses in the kingdom. The statementthat was issued on Tuesday ...

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Saudi Arabia: UN rights experts outraged by extremely harsh sentence against blogger

GENEVA (15 May 2014) – A group of UN human rights experts today expressed alarm at the conviction to 10 years in prison, 1,000 lashes, and a 1 million Saudi riyal fine against Saudi online activist and blogger, Raef Badawi. “This outrageous conviction should be overturned and Mr. Badawi immediately released,” said the Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion, Heiner ...

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UN rights experts urge Saudi Arabia to halt continuous stream of executions, many by beheading

GENEVA (09 September 2014) – The United Nations independent experts on summary executions and torture have renewed their call on Saudi Arabia to implement an immediate moratorium on the use of the death penalty amid a reported increase in executions, many of them by beheading. “Beheading as a form of execution is cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment and prohibited under ...

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Saudi Arabia: Pillay concerned by harsh sentences against human rights defenders

GENEVA (10 July 2014) – UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Thursday expressed concern about the arbitrary arrest, trial and detention of human rights defenders in Saudi Arabia, including the recent conviction and harsh sentencing of human rights defender Waleed Abu Al-Khair. Pillay said she was deeply dismayed over the conviction of Abu Al-Khair, who was sentenced ...

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Saudi Arabia: End Arbitrary Detention

Saudi Arabia should immediately make public the legal basis for detaining hundreds of people, and reveal what steps it is taking to end the practice of arbitrary detention, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to Interior Minister Mohammed bin Nayef Al Sa`ud. One person held arbitrarily is Fadi Musallam, 27, a Jordanian mathematics professor arrested in March 2014 but not charged. ...

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