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Callamard: Rulings in Khashoggi case are illegitimate, Bin Salman remains shielded from responsibility

لقرائته بالعربية اضغط هنا Agnès Callamard, the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary, or arbitrary executions, believes that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman continues to be shielded from any type of investigation into his responsibility for the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, stressing that the rulings in this case must not be allowed to “whitewash what happened.” In a series of tweets on …

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Family torn apart by wrongful deportation of four abused young women

لقرائته بالعربية اضغط هنا At this moment, in southwest Saudi Arabia, a bus is transporting four sisters who are being forcibly and arbitrarily deported to Yemen as a result of a deportation order issued by the Ministry of Interior. The order came in spite of a domestic abuse case pending before the court, involving the girls’ father. The second hearing …

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After announcing review of death sentences against three minors, Public Prosecution continues to seek execution of others, including three in one case

لقرائته بالعربية اضغط هنا In a major propaganda campaign, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is discussing abolishing the ta’zir [discretionary] death penalty against minors, yet the lives of others remain under threat. On 26 August 2020, the official Saudi Human Rights Commission announced the implementation of the royal order issued in March 2020, to review the sentences handed down against three people. The announcement came …

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Enforced disappearance in Saudi Arabia: A crime out of control

لقرائته بالعربية اضغط هنا On 30 August 2020, the world marked International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances. At the same time, the government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia continues to use enforced disappearance as a strategy that the UN believes is often used “to spread terror within society.” Saudi Arabia is considered one of the countries that …

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Continuing Danger On the Lives of Minors after Saudi Arabia Announced Retrial of 3 and Ignored Others

لقرائته بالعربية اضغط هنا On 26 August 2020, the Human Rights Commission in Saudi Arabia announced that the Public Prosecution had referred for resentencing “the death sentences issued against three persons previously convicted of crimes they committed while minors, namely Ali al-Nimr, Dawood al-Marhoon and Abdullah al-Zahir.” The statement indicated that this decision is an implementation of the royal order …

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Saudis to review all death sentences for childhood crimes

للقراءة باللغة العربية اضغط هنا The Saudi Human Rights Commission (HRC) has announced that the death sentences of Ali al-Nimr, Dawood al-Marhoon and Abdullah al-Zaher have been referred for review, as a result of a recent royal decree mandating that the maximum punishment for childhood crimes should be ten years imprisonment. Abdullah was 15 years old when he was detained …

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Two years after start of trial: Violations and delay in the case of six activists; four face the death penalty

لقرائته بالعربية اضغط هنا Two years after trial began and five years after arrest, the Specialized Criminal Court in Riyadh continues to deal fraudulently with the case of six human rights advocates facing charges related to the exercise of peaceful activities. Four of the defendants are threatened with the death penalty. The Public Prosecution had previously requested the death penalty …

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UN special rapporteurs raise concerns about Saudi Arabia’s facilitation of human trafficking

لقرائته بالعربية اضغط هنا Special rapporteurs from the United Nations have raised the issue of facilitation of slavery and human trafficking in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia via online apps. A letter, sent on 19 June 2020, was signed by the Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery; the Working Group on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises; …

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UN rapporteurs question Saudi Arabia’s vague decision to end the execution of minors

لقرائته بالعربية اضغط هنا Special rapporteurs from the United Nations raised concerns about the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s failure to publish the text of the royal decree that the Human Rights Commission said protects minors from the death penalty. The rapporteurs asserted that this is leading to uncertainty regarding the scope of the decision and whether it contains any exceptions, …

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Death in Saudi prisons: Denial of torture and lack of accountability

لقرائته بالعربية اضغط هنا As is typical in cases of prison deaths in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which have been increasing in recent years, the Saudi government has not opened any investigation to determine responsibility for the death of journalist Saleh Al-Shehhi on 19 July 2020, two months after his sudden release from prison, or the death of the …

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