Five years into the war in Yemen, human rights organisations welcome Germany’s decision of extending its arms embargo on Saudi Arabia and encourage others to follow suit

ALQST, ACAT-France, Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT), Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) and MENA Rights Group have welcomed Germany’s decision to extend its arms embargo on Saudi Arabia and call on other governments to follow suit, as the Yemen war marks its fifth year. Furthermore, the organisations urge the Read more…

COVID-19: Urgent measures must be taken by MENA governments to protect the prison population

In light of the global COVID-19 pandemic outbreak—qualified as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern by the World Health Organization (WHO)—we, the undersigned organizations, express grave concern over the situation of detainees and prisoners across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). While certain states in the region have taken some positive steps Read more…

Human Rights Council side event highlights discrepancy between Saudi Arabia’s modernising image and worsening human rights crackdown

On 4 March 2020, ALQST, along with the International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH) and the Right Livelihood Foundation, held a United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) side event entitled “Saudi Arabia’s cosmetic reforms and PR offensive to whitewash human rights abuses”. Speakers, including an EU MEP and two family Read more…