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

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 new counter-terrorism laws (Laws ...

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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

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 reforms, including a constitutional ...

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

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 ...

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INDEPENDENT EXPERT LEGAL ANALYSIS OF THE ALI AL-NIMR CASE DEEMS THE JUDGEMENT TO BE UNFOUNDED AND THE JUDGE INCOMPETENT

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, trial and sentencing, as ...

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

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 (some have since been ...

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Ali Al-Nimr, Sheikh Al-Nimr and 50 other prisoners at risk as Saudi announces an imminent mass execution

ESOHR are deeply concerned following reports from several Saudi media sources that a mass execution of 52 people will take place in the coming days. Several indicators suggest that Ali Al-Nimr and two other minors Dawud Al-Marhon, Abdullah Al-Zaher, the prominent human rights activists Sheikh Nimr Al-Nimr and three other young men Ali Al-Rebh, Mohammed Al-Shyoukh and Mohammed Al-Suwaimil will ...

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The Saudi judiciary has ruled to behead Palestinian poet Ashraf Fayyadby sworddueto ideological differences

The European Saudi Organization for Human Rights (ESOHR) expresses deep concern over the continuation of the Saudi judiciary to issue death sentences based on charges of freedom of opinion and expression. In a new provision, Abha court sentenced Palestinian poet and artist Ashraf Abdel Satar Fayyad to death on 17th November 2015. Fayyad, was born in Saudi Arabia (15th July ...

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31 months on: The continued detention of Al-Hamid & Al-Qahtani following their calls for reform

The European Saudi Organization for Human Rights (ESOHR)expresses condemnation regarding the Saudi governments continued detention of Dr. Mohammad Fahad Al-Qahtani and Dr.Abdullah Hamed Al-Hamed, for more than31 months, following their demands for political reform and civil rights. Dr.Al-Qahtani, 49, holds a doctor at ein economics, and Dr. Al-Hamed, 67, holds a doctorate in Arabic language, both of whom are amongst ...

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Torture (Medically) and Suffer of the Prisoner of Conscience Sheikh AlNimer Due to Deliberate Medical Negligence

The European Saudi Organization for Human Rights (ESOHR) is concerned about the health condition of the prisoner of conscience Sheikh AlNemer due to the medical negligence since the first day of his arrest on July 8, 2012. The Saudi government has not committed to provide the medical care for Sheikh AlNemer, as he was shot four bullets in the left ...

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Saudi Arabia doubled rate of it’s use of the death penalty in 2015

2015 saw a sharp rise in the number of death sentences carried out in Saudi Arabia, which since the beginning of 2015, has reached one hundred and fifty (152) executions ( Number correct up until 9th November 2015), at a rate of an execution every two days. The data indicates that many of these cases were based on non-violent crimes, ...

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