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Saudi Arabia has prevented five children from seeing their fatherfor one year

لقرائته بالعربية إضغط هنا The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia continues to prevent five children and their mother from traveling and for almost a year has deprived them of seeing their father who lives abroad. On August 18, 2018, Mrs. Zahra al-Hashim and her five children (Hassan, 10, Hussein, 9, Zeinab, 7, Abbas, 3, and Fatima, 2) left Beirut, where she was …

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Saudi Arabia: Seeking hudud punishment for hiraba for activist tortured during interrogation

لقرائته بالعربية إضغط هنا In a serious development regarding the death penalty in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the public prosecution has sought the hudud punishment for hiraba (waging war against God) for an activist who led demonstrations and funeral marches for demonstrators, activists, and photographers killed by Saudi forces during various demonstrations and raids. The Saudi government arrested Hussein al-Farraj …

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With at least 46 women in its political prisons, Saudi Arabia is easing some restrictions on women

لقرائته بالعربية إضغط هنا On July 30, 2019, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia issued a royal decree containing revisions to certain laws related to women. The decree partially amends four governmental regulations under which women’s decisions and movements were held captive to men for decades. The amendments, published in official newspaper Um Al Qura, include the travel documents law, civil status …

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After a 14-year prison sentence and UN requests for release: Saudi Arabia opens a new case against activist Mohammed al-Otaibi

لقرائته بالعربية إضغط هنا Three months after the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention requested the immediate release of human rights advocate Mohammed al-Otaibi, the judiciary of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has opened a new case against him. In April 2019, the Working Group published its legal opinion on the case of human rights advocate Mohammed al-Otaibi (born August 1968), …

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The United Nations releases four letters to Saudi Arabia regarding abuses against women and Palestinians, follow-up on the guardianship system, and Khashoggi’s murder

لقرائته بالعربية إضغط هنا During the forty-first session of the UN Human Rights Council (24 June-12 July 2019), special rapporteurs presented four issues raised with Saudi Arabia, consisting of letters Saudi Arabia received between December 2018 and February 2019 and the subsequent replies received by the rapporteurs between February 1 and April 30, 2019. The four letters raised to 95 the …

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Positive international stances supporting the Callamard Report: Condemnation of Saudi Arabia and demand for immediate action

لقراءته بالعربية اضغط هنا On January 26, 2019, Agnes Callamard, the Special Rapporteur for extrajudicial, summary, or arbitrary executions, presented her report on the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi before the Human Rights Council at its forty-first session. The rapporteur confirmed before the Council that her investigation found credible evidence calling for further investigation into the culpability of senior officials, including …

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Fourteen minors executed or under threat of death during King Salman and his son’s reign

لقراءته بالعربية اضغط هنا King Salman and his son’s reign have resulted in an escalation in executions. King Salman or his deputies have signed off on 703 death sentences during the years of his rule between when he first took power to the end of May 2019. These have included sentences for at least 10 minors. It is not known …

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Saudi Arabia wants to crucify minor Murtaja Qureiris for charges dating back to when he was 11

لقراءته بالعربية اضغط هنا In September 2018, amid Saudi Arabia’s use of the death penalty to eliminate opinion-makers, dissidents, protestors, and children by relying on religious texts and extremist interpretations, the Saudi public prosecution,which is directly linked to Saudi King Salman Bin Abdulaziz, made a dramatic request for the crucifixion of minor Murtaja Qureiris, the youngest political prisoner in the …

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Saudi Arabia responds to United Nations rapporteur request to suspend 37 death sentences by beheading

لقراءته بالعربية اضغط هنا Regarding several individuals beheaded on 23 April 2019, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia blatantly disregarded requests and recommendations previously submitted by Ben Emmerson, the former Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism. Ben Emmerson had frankly and straightforwardly requested that the Saudi government “re-examine all cases in which …

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After April massacre, at least 20 prisoners on death row

لقراءته بالعربية اضغط هنا Since Saudi Arabia killed 37 citizens on 23 April 2019, in a mass execution slaughter, concerns have been increasing for the lives of at least 20 detainees, with available information indicating serious violations of the conditions for fair trials. There is a general lack of transparency in the Saudi government’s actions in the cases of detainees, …

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