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The Saudi government arbitrarily arrested the kid Al- Algariras (14 years)

The European Saudi Organization for Human Rights (ESOHR) expressed its deep concern due to the continuity of the Saudi government in violating the rights of children. On the 20th of September 2014 the Saudi government arrested the Child Murtaja Abdullah Algariras (24/10/2000) aged 14 years. He was arrested during a time when more than 60 children arrested since 2011, some ...

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Dispatches: Saudi Arabia’s Unrelenting Assault on Free Expression

The latest episode of Saudi Arabia’s unrelenting assault on freedom of expression is the Jeddah Criminal Court’s May 7, 2014 conviction of liberal activist Raif Badawi. The court sentenced him to 10 years imprisonment and 1000 lashes for setting up a liberal website and allegedly insulting Islam and religious authorities. Badawi can appeal the verdict, but unfortunately he’ll have to ...

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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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Violating UN pledges by Applying Vague Laws and Unspecialized Court, the Saudi Court Jailed a Human Rights Defender to 15-year

On July 6th of 2014, the Criminal Court (SCC) from its summer location in Jeddah sentenced the prominent Saudi lawyer and human rights defender Waleed Abulkhair to 15-year; a fine of 200,000 Saudi riyals, around $53,000 dollars, and 15-year travel ban after his release. He was also ordered to close all websites and online accounts that he is affiliated with, ...

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