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The UN committee against torture publishes the report of final concluding observations on torture in Saudi Arabia.

لقراءته بالعربية اضغط هنا The UN committee against Torture recently published its findings of Its latest review of Saudi Arabia’s compliance to the UN convention against torture (UNCAT). This report was issued following an in-depth assessment of their state party report, as part of their second periodic review in May 2016. The review, which was held in Geneva, was attended …

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ESOHR shadow report on torture in Saudi Arabia submitted to UNCAT

click here to read the report. This report for ESOHR was researched and written by Cilina Nasser, an independent human rights researcher on the Middle East and North Africa. It was submitted to the UN Committee Against Torture on 30 March 2016 as Saudi Arabia was coming under review on its obligations under the Convention Against Torture in April 2016. The report …

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Deprivation of nationality in Saudi Arabia: a quarter of a million people, and a suffering for nearly half a century

لقراءته بالعربية اضغط هنا Click here to download PDF report   Today, nearly 250 thousand inhabitants reside in Saudi Arabia without nationalities, and as a result, they are suffering from various forms of deprivation and complexity, where the fundamental rights in the contemporary world have become related to the nature of the legal status which takes several forms from one …

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In the 1st session of the trial of 32 accused of spying for Iran, the prosecution called for the execution of 25 amidst lack of principles of fair trials

لقراءته بالعربية اضغط هنا The feasibility of the trial of 32 detainees accused by Saudi Arabia of spying for Iran, was dramatically decreased after the media campaign carried out by the Saudi press with the beginning of the first session of their trail on 21st February 2016, in which the public prosecutor called for the execution of 25 of them. …

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After arbitrary detention and enforced disappearance, Makki al-Orayedh was killed in police station and signs of torture were seen on his body

لقراءته بالعربية اضغط هنا On Friday, March 4, 2016, the young man Makki al-Orayedh’s family went to the police station to ask about their son two days after his disappearance, and was surprised by his death. Makki, a 25 years old young man was a handball player at a local club. On Wednesday, March 2, 2016, he went out in …

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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 them …

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

لقراءته بالعربية اضغط هنا 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 out …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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