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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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Saudi Arabia: Seeking death penalty for Dr. Ali Alomari in a farcical trial

لقراءته بالعربية اضغط هنا The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is trying Dr. Ali Hamza Alomari (b. 1973) in the Specialized Criminal Court, a court created by the government to handle terrorism cases. Alomari was arrested on September 9, 2017, during a ruthless Saudi campaign against clerics and intellectuals. Dr. Ali Alomari, an academic, Islamic cleric, and author, is the president …

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A Year after Khashoggi’s murder: a Continues Crime by hiding his Body along with 82 Bodies

لقراءته بالعربية اضغط هنا On October 2, 2019, a year has passed since the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. On 26 June 2019, Special Rapporteur for extrajudicial, summary, or arbitrary executions, Ms. Agnes Kalamard, accused the Saudi government of killing journalist Jamal Khashoggi, and called on all governments to exercise their universal rights to …

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One year after the gruesome murder of Jamal Khashoggi, NGOs renew their call and demand justice for Jamal

لقراءته بالعربية اضغط هنا On 2 October 2018, Jamal Khashoggi entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to obtain official documents in order to get married, but he did not make it out alive. He was brutally killed inside the consulate in what the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Dr Agnes Callamard, called a “premeditated extrajudicial killing” …

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The UN sends 6 complaints in 4 months to the Saudi government regarding its growing violations of human rights

لقراءته بالعربية اضغط هنا From the late March to early July of 2019, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia received six letters from UN special rapporteurs regarding several cases of human rights violations, and it responded to five of them within the legal deadlines. The letters came from a number of groups and rapporteurs on the topics of forced disappearances, torture, …

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