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Mohammed bin Salman remains a domestic and international security risk: UN statement on hack of cellphone belonging to owner of Amazon and The Washington Post

لقرائته بالعربية إصغط هنا The European Saudi Organization for Human Rights believes that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and his governmental apparatus is not only a domestic security risk to civil society, but has also become a security threat outside Saudi Arabia’s borders, affecting countries, individuals from Saudi Arabia, and many others. On January 22, 2020, special rapporteurs from …

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Human Rights in Saudi Arabia, 2019: the Cancer of Tyranny

لقراءته بالعربية اضغط هنا Introduction At ESOHR, we believe that 2019 was the worst year in recent decades of Saudi history. This is not to downplay the outrages that occurred in previous years, but when civil society and independent intellectuals are left without an influence on the human rights situation in the country, while only one actor controls the entire …

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Saudi Arabia Condemns Abdullah Al-Huwaiti to Death after Covering Up his Torture, Despite Domestic Law Prohibiting the Minor’s Execution

لقراءته بالعربية اضغط هنا On October 27, 2019, the criminal court in Tabuk in northern Saudi Arabia issued a death sentence for minor Abdullah Al-Huwaiti after he was charged with armed robbery of a jewelry store and the killing of a soldier with a firearm in Duba Governorate.Five others were convicted for their involvement in the crime and sentenced to …

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UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention Outraged at the Execution of al-Hawaj and Al Adam

لقراءته بالعربية اضغط هنا The Groupasserts that Saudi Arabia’s violation of its international obligations may constitute crimes against humanity The United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention expressed outrage at Saudi Arabia’s execution of Abdulkareem al-Hawaj and Munir Al Adamas part of its horrific mass execution of 37 people on April 23, 2019,even after calls in August 2018 to specifically …

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Before Human Rights Council representatives: official Human Rights Commission promotes formalities without making Saudi Arabia effectively cease its ongoing violations

لقراءته بالعربية اضغط هنا The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s official Human Rights Commission is promoting what it describes as a human rights achievement: the launching of an initiative that uses national databases to track the implementation of recommendations from international mechanisms. At the November 3, 2019, ceremony(attended by Nathalie Fustier, UN Resident Coordinator in Saudi Arabia, and Christina Meinecke, coordinator …

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UN Experts express “shock, dismay, and outrage” at arbitrary execution of Saudi citizen

لقراءته بالعربية اضغط هنا Today, the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD) published an Opinion on the case of Abbas al-Hassan, a Saudi man who was arrested in 2013 and executed on 23 April 2019. The WGAD found his detention to have been arbitrary and unlawful, in violation of his right to a fair trial, his right to …

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Saudi Arabia executes head of household, 16 months after confirming to the United Nations a final sentence of eight years in prison

لقراءته بالعربية اضغط هنا On April 23, 2019, as part of a mass execution of 37 citizens, the Saudi government put to death Haydar Al Leif (born January 14, 1976) despite having previously assured UN special rapporteurs, in December 2017, that his death sentence had been overturned and his final sentence was eight years in prison. Al Leif was arrested …

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Saudi Arabia increases the length of the sentence against human rights advocate Sheikh Al-Habib

لقراءته بالعربية اضغط هنا On August 25, 2019, the Specialized Criminal Court in Riyadh issued a new preliminary ruling against the cleric, Sheikh Mohammed Hassan al-Habib, in a second trial, sentencing him to five years’ imprisonment and preventing him from traveling abroad for a similar period. This second sentence willtake effectat the conclusion of the first seven-year sentence. The new …

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Four years after the UN confirmed heinous violations in his case: Saudi Arabia is close to beheading Jordanian prisoner, Hussein Abu al-Khair

لقراءته بالعربية اضغط هنا On September 26, 2019, the family of a Jordanian prisoner held by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Hussein Abu al-Khair, was notified that the criminal court in Tabuk had rejected the appeal of his death sentence on drug-related charges. A representative of the Jordanian Embassy in Saudi Arabia, tasked with monitoring the affairs of Jordanian prisoners, …

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As 2019 World Day Against the Death Penalty approaches, Saudi Arabia breaks record for beheadings

لقراءته بالعربية اضغط هنا As the World Day Against the Death Penalty on October 10, 2019 approaches, Saudi Arabia has set a new historic record for executions. Through October 7, 2019, the ESOHR has tallied 164 executions for the year, exceeding the previous record of 157, set in 2015. The increasing number of sentences carried out indicates the inability to …

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