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Violence against women in Saudi Arabia: an ailment without cure in public and private life

لقرائته بالعربية اضغط هنا International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women is a reminder of the abuses and violence that women suffer in Saudi Arabia, both publicly and privately. The ongoing persecution of women in Saudi prisons is led by official agencies, such as the Presidency of State Security, the Public Prosecution, and the judiciary. Despite the lack …

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UN Rapporteur stresses that Saudi measures against Qatar involve human rights violations

لقرائته بالعربية اضغط هنا The UN Special Rapporteur on the negative impact of unilateral coercive measures on the enjoyment of human rights, Alena Douhan, has stated that the sanctions imposed on Qatar by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and other nations have harmed Qataris’ ability to enjoy many basic rights and freedoms related to family life, education, work, health, private property, …

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After her hunger strike against abuses, UN committee demands Saudi Arabia to immediately release Al-Hathloul and other women detainees

لقرائته بالعربية اضغط هنا The Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) has called for the immediate release of human rights advocate Loujain al-Hathloul and all female rights advocates detained in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. In a statement issued on 5 November 2020, the committee expressed its concern over al-Hathloul’s deteriorating health, who has been on hunger strike …

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After long hiatus, court resumes trial of minors, and the prosecution insists the death penalty

لقرائته بالعربية اضغط هنا On 29 October 2020, the Specialized Criminal Court in Riyadh held a new hearing in the trial of eight detainees, including five minors. According to reports received by ESOHR, the youngest defendant in this case, Mohammed Issam al-Faraj, did not attend the hearing for unknown reasons, and the hearing was characterized by secrecy. This hearing is …

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United Nations: Saudi Arabia uses system of intimidation and retaliation against individuals who cooperate with the UN and the Human Rights Council

لقرائته بالعربية اضغط هنا The UN has said that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has failed to adhere to its international obligations regarding cooperation with the UN, its representatives, and its mechanisms in the area of human rights. In a report issued in the framework of the 45th session of the HRC, which relies on information gathered between 1 June 2019 and …

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UN Secretary-General’s annual report: Saudi Arabia continues illegal executions and violates its commitments

لقرائته بالعربية اضغط هنا As regards global trends involving the death penalty, the annual report of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Secretary-General affirmed that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia remains among thirty nations that continue to impose the death penalty in violation of its commitments in this regard. The report, presented in the context of the 45th session …

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Saudi Arabia fails to get enough votes from countries, loses seat on Human Rights Council

لقرائته بالعربية اضغط هنا The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia failed to gain membership on the UN Human Rights Council’s 2021-2023 term, during elections held in the General Assembly Hall in New York on 13 October 2020. Saudi Arabia had nominated itself for a seat in the Asia-Pacific group, which included four seats contested by five countries. While it was not …

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The European Parliament issues a resolution condemning Saudi Arabia’s 0persecution of the Ethiopians and demanding it stop the crime of torture and allow international observers

لقرائته بالعربية اضغط هنا The European Parliament voted to once again rebuke the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for its human rights situation, this time as pertaining to human rights violations against migrants and foreigners in Saudi prisons. This was on a resolution adopted in 8 October 2020. The resolution, entitled “…on the situation of Ethiopian migrants in detention centers in …

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On World Day Against the Death Penalty: The king’s sword is at the throats of children and those seeking reform

لقرائته بالعربية اضغط هنا As countries across the globe observe the World Day Against the Death Penalty on 10 October 2020, detention centers in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia are crowded with prisoners facing the threat of death at any moment. Although it is difficult to ascertain precise numbers for those threatened with execution, ESOHR has tallied 53 cases of …

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Saudi Arabia attacks countries that criticized it at the Human Rights Council

لقرائته بالعربية اضغط هنا The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia dodged criticisms directed towards it at the UN Human Rights Council with evasiveness and by attacking the countries that made such criticisms during discussions of Item 4 at the proceedings of the 45th session on September 28. In the context of its right to respond, Saudi Arabia’s UN representative, Mishaal al-Balawi, …

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