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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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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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European Union criticizes Saudi Arabia’s ongoing detention of women activists, calls for real accountability for Khashoggi’s murderers

لقرائته بالعربية اضغط هنا The European Union has raised concerns regarding the detention of female human rights advocates in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. In a statement delivered on behalf of the EU countries at the UN Human Rights Council, on 15 September 2020, the German representative in Geneva, Mr. Michael Ungern-Sternberg, noted the ongoing detention of activist Loujain al-Hathloul. …

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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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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 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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Working Group on Arbitrary Detention: Detention of Loujain al-Hathloul is illegal

لقرائته بالعربية اضغط هنا On 25 June 2020, the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention issued on official opinion saying that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s detention of human rights advocate Loujain al-Hathloul is illegal and arbitrary according to international human rights law. The Working Group called on the Saudi government to release her immediately and compensate her for her …

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Mystery surrounds their fate: Saudi Arabia arbitrarily prohibits detainees from communicating with the outside world

لقرائته بالعربية اضغط هنا Uncertainty and intensifying concerns surround the fate of many detainees in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as they are prohibited from communication and visits with their families amid the COVID-19 pandemic. While detainees in Mabahith prisons are usually allowed weekly communications and monthly visits, especially after the end of the torture or investigation period, ESOHR has …

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The cases of Sheikh al-Habib and minor Murtaja Qureiris: UN experts believe that Saudi practices may promote gross violations of human rights

لقرائته بالعربية اضغط هنا On 11 May 2020, UN Special Rapporteurssent a letter to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia regarding the arrest and ill treatment of Sheikh Mohammed Hassan al-Habib and Murtaja Qureiris. The letter was signed by the Special Rapporteur for freedom of religion or belief; the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention; the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and …

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Arbitrary arrest of social media celebrity Abu al-Feda: Saudi Arabia invokes Coronavirus measures at the expense of freedom of expression

لقرائته بالعربية اضغط هنا On 3 June 2020, the government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia arrested a Snapchat celebrity known as Abu al-Feda. The arrest came after he published a video clip of empty store shelves where he called on people to take only what they need. Al-Feda, a young man from the eastern Saudi city of Al-Ahsa, is …

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