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A mysterious end to the life of a brave journalist in Saudi Arabia

لقرائته بالعربية اضغط هنا Writer and journalist Saleh al-Shehi passed away on 19 July 2020. On 26 June 2020, one of his relatives was informed that he had been hospitalized in intensive care at the North Medical Tower in the governorate of Arar for 10 days. He was released from prison unexpectedly on May 19, 28 months after his arrest …

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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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Working Group concludes that the detention of Al-Nukheifi, Al-Shubaili, and Al-Hamid is arbitrary, based on their human rights activities, and demands that those responsible for violations be held accountable

لقرائته بالعربية اضغط هنا The Working Group on Arbitrary Detention stated that the detention of Issa al-Nukheifi, Abdulaziz al-Shubaili, and Issa al-Hamid is arbitrary, and it called on the Saudi government to take the necessary steps to correct their situation without delay and in alignment with relevant international standards. In an opinion issued in February 2020, the Working Group considered …

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Freedom of the press in Saudi Arabia falls prey tomurder, arrest, and surveillance

لقرائته بالعربية إضغط هنا From behind prison bars, and amid fear of retaliation and unfair laws, journalists in Saudi Arabia celebratedWorld Press Freedom Day on 3 May 2020, under the theme,“Journalism Without Fear or Favor.” The United Nations proclaimed World Press Freedom Day in 1993 with the goal of reminding “governments of the need to respect their commitment to freedom …

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UN Questions Saudi Government over Bezos Phone Hacking Scandle

لقرائته بالعربية اضغط هنا The United Nations Special Rapporteurs on Free Speech and Executions released a communication to the Government of Saudi Arabia alleging that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was personally involved in a coordinating hacking campaign against Jezz Bezos, the CEO of Amazon and the owner of the Washington Post. The European Saudi Organization for Human Rights (ESOHR) …

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Special rapporteurs call for Saudi Arabia to lift the death penalty against four influential figures: If carried out, the judgments will constitute criminal arbitrary executions for which the state bears responsibility

لقرائته باللغة العربية إضغط هنا United Nations special rapporteurs have expressed concerns that the government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is issuing death sentences against individuals accused of exercising their fundamental rights to freedom of opinion, belief, and religion. On 29 November 2019, several UN special rapporteurs sent a letter to the Saudi government concerning the cases of Dr. …

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After Bin Salman’s deceptive promises of female empowerment, Saudi women face their toughest year yet

لقراءته بالعربية اضغط هنا In 2018, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia witnessed an unprecedented escalation against women, especially female human rights advocates, where the government launched campaigns of arrests against leaders demanding the elimination of the ban on women driving and the male guardianship system. Although changes in the system over the last three yearshave restored some rights to women, …

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Increasing pressure on press freedom: Saudi Arabia pursues journalists and threatens their lives and their freedom

لقراءته بالعربية اضغط هنا As the world marks on 3rd of May each year the theme “the basic principles of freedom of the press with the aim of assessing freedom of the press around the world and defending the press against attacks against its independence,” the situation in Saudi Arabia deteriorating. Ever since King Salman bin Abdul Aziz and his son, …

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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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Saudi Arabia 2018: Shredding of Human Rights

لقراءته بالعربية اضغط هنا Introduction: Shocking developments in the human rights situation in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia appeared during 2018 in the form of systematic crimes and violations that, in their totality, signal an unprecedented stage in the country’s poor history of human rights. The government has not stopped at extrajudicial or arbitrary killings, unfair trials, torture, arbitrary arrests, …

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