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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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States Express “Deep Concern” as Saudi Arabia bids to rejoin UN Human Rights Council

لقرائته بالعربية اضغط هنا On 15 September 2020 at the Human Rights Council in Geneva, a group of 29 States  expressed “deep con-cern” about human rights in Saudi Arabia. Reprieve and the European Saudi Organization for Human Rights (ESOHR) support this statement and echo its concerns, chiefly that the Saudi Arabian government has not followed promises of reform with action …

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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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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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A “Misleading” Royal Order to Halt the Execution of Minors in Saudi Arabia

لقرائته بالعربية اضغط هنا On 24 March 2020, the Government of Saudi Arabia issued a royal decree to suspend all death sentences in the form of taazir against persons who had not attained 18 years of age at the time of the commission of their alleged offence, and to amend all provisions in accordance with the juvenile system to provide …

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Saudi Arabia violates Convention on the Rights of the Child: Executes al-Ghamdi for crime that occurred when he was 15 years old

لقراءته بالعربية اضغط هنا On April 8, 2020, the Saudi government in the al-Bahahregion carried out a qisas [retributive justice] sentence against citizen Abdul Mohsen al-Ghamdi, who had been charged with intentional homicide when he was a child. Saudi Arabia carried out the death sentence despite urgent appealspublished on social media for the sentence to be commuted or at least …

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Saudi Arabia Condemns Abdullah Al-Huwaiti to Death after Covering Up his Torture, Despite Domestic Law Prohibiting the Minor’s Execution

لقراءته بالعربية اضغط هنا On October 27, 2019, the criminal court in Tabuk in northern Saudi Arabia issued a death sentence for minor Abdullah Al-Huwaiti after he was charged with armed robbery of a jewelry store and the killing of a soldier with a firearm in Duba Governorate.Five others were convicted for their involvement in the crime and sentenced to …

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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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Saudi Arabia has prevented five children from seeing their fatherfor one year

لقرائته بالعربية إضغط هنا The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia continues to prevent five children and their mother from traveling and for almost a year has deprived them of seeing their father who lives abroad. On August 18, 2018, Mrs. Zahra al-Hashim and her five children (Hassan, 10, Hussein, 9, Zeinab, 7, Abbas, 3, and Fatima, 2) left Beirut, where she was …

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