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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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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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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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France calls on Saudi Arabia to permanently end use of the death penalty

لقرائته بالعربية اضغط هنا During a discussion of Item 4 at the 45th session of the Human Rights Council, France’s UN ambassador in Geneva, François Gave, stressed that countries must carry out all of their obligations, especially those which they voluntarily took on. Gave noted that the death penalty remains widespread around the world, and he called on countries still …

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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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29 States call on Saudi Arabia at the HRC to release women political detainees

لقرائته بالعربية اضغط هنا On behalf of 29 countries, Denmark raised fears regarding the status of human rights in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. In a joint statement during the Human Rights Council’s 45th session in Geneva, on 15 September 2020, Denmark voiced its deep regret for “the continued detention of at least five women human rights defenders, arrested in …

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High Commissioner calls for immediate release of Saudi women detainees

لقرائته بالعربية اضغط هنا The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, has expressed her deep concern over the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s ongoing arbitrary detention of women human rights advocates who have called for women to be empowered to make their own choices, and she called for their release without delay. The High Commissioner raised her concerns about …

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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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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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