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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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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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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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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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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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Saudi Arabia executes Yemeni youth despite testimonies of his innocence

لقرائته باللغة العربية إضغط هنا On January 27, 2019, the government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia executed Yemeni detainee Yaseen Mohammed Ali (born 7December 1990) as part of a mass execution including other Yemenis. This followeda series of arbitrary and extra-judicial measures as well as testimony confirming his innocence. He was arrested in 2010 and charged – along with …

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After tweets: For more than 20 months, Saudi Arabia has continued the enforced disappearance of cleric Suleiman al-Dawish amid fears for his fate

لقراءته بالعربية أضغط هنا For more than one year and eight months, news of Saudi preacher Suleiman al-Dawish (23 September 1968) has been cut off from his family after he was forcibly disappeared during a visit to Mecca. At 9 a.m. on 22 April 2016, during a phone conversation with his family, al-Dawish saw men approaching him. He asked his …

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Death penalty sought for Islamic researcher Hassan al-Maliki on charges that his religious views contradict Mohammad bin Salman’s pledge to destroy extremism

لقراءته بالعربية اضغط هنا In October 2018, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia began its prosecution of the prominent Islamic researcher, Sheikh Hassan al-Maliki, in the Specialized Criminal Court in Riyadh, which was specially established in January 2009 to handle cases of terrorism and national security. The official Saudi newspaper, Sabq, said on October 1, 2018, that the Specialized Criminal Court …

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Looming execution could be carried out at any moment amid continuing violations, degradation, and abuse against detainee Abbas al-Hassan

لقراءته بالعربية اضغط هنا Despite a final death sentence and the transfer of his case to the Presidency of State Security, Abbas Hassan, a detainee in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, is still being subjected to violations. According to information obtained by the European Saudi Organisation for Human Rights (ESOHR), al-Hassan was subjected to psychological and physical torture in January …

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