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Lawyer Al-Hajji calls on countries to not support Saudi Arabia’s re-election to Human Rights Council membership

لقرائته بالعربية اضغط هنا On 28 September 2020, in the framework of discussions on Item 4 of the 45th session of the HRC, a speech was given on behalf of lawyer Taha al-Hajji. Al-Hajji noted that he was formerly a lawyer in Saudi Arabia who spent his life defending his clients, among them children who faced the risk of execution …

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Finland expresses deep concern over Saudi violations

لقرائته بالعربية اضغط هنا Finland’s UN ambassador in Geneva, Ms. Kirsti Kauppi, expressed her country’s deep concern over the prolonged detention of men and women human rights advocates in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. In her statement during the discussions of Item 4 of the 45th session of the Human Rights Council, Ms. Kauppi noted the persistence of discriminatory practices …

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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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At the Human Rights Council: Denmark stresses that the true test of reform is implementation on the ground

لقرائته بالعربية اضغط هنا At the 45th session of the Human Rights Council, Denmark criticized the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s practices. In a speech delivered on 25 September 2020, by Morten Jespersen, Denmark’s UN ambassador in Geneva, Denmark noted that it had reviewed the latest Saudi reforms and that implementation is crucial. Denmark also expressed its deep concern about the …

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Sweden calls on Saudi Arabia to respect freedom of opinion and expression

لقرائته بالعربية اضغط هنا Sweden’s UN ambassador, Anna Jardfelt, stated that countries must respect their commitments. In a speech before the Human Rights Council on 24 September 2020, Jardfelt called on the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to ensure freedom of expression, opinion, assembly, and association for all, including human rights advocates. Along with 29 countries, Sweden participated in a statement …

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Luxembourg criticizes Saudi Arabia’s retaliatory practices against human rights advocates

لقرائته بالعربية اضغط هنا Luxembourg’s delegate to the United Nations, Anne Goedert, sharply criticized the treatment of human rights advocates in several countries, including the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. In her statement before the 45th session of the Human Rights Council, Ms. Goedert noted the acts of violence and retaliation carried out against human rights advocates. Her speech noted that …

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Saudi Arabia claims to protect the elderly while threatening their lives with detention and harsh treatment

لقرائته بالعربية اضغط هنا The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia says it endeavors to provide care and concern for the elderly and is aware of the importance of using all means possible to promote their rights. In a discussion during the 45th session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva on 21 September 2020, the head of the Human Rights Section …

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At the Human Rights Council: Saudi Arabia denies its practices against female detainees

لقرائته بالعربية اضغط هنا The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s representative to the HRC, Abdulaziz Al-Wasil, denied that arrests targeting several female human rights advocates are linked to their human rights activities, claiming that the arrests are linked to their actions in violation of public law. On 15 September 2020, Al-Wasil responded to the statement of the High Commissioner for Human …

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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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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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