News

US intelligence concludes that MBS approved Khashoggi operation
A stark assessment by US intelligence concludes that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman approved an operation in Istanbul “to capture or kill” journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Dozens of Palestinians and Jordanians, many in deteriorating health, scheduled for sentencing in Saudi court on political charges
Verdicts are expected to be handed down on 68 Palestinians and Jordanians associated with the Palestinian cause at the next session of their mass trial in the Specialised Criminal Court (SCC) in Riyadh.
Six activists, including Israa al-Ghomgham, sentenced to lengthy prison terms
On 10 February 2021, the Specialised Criminal Court (SCC) in Riyadh sentenced six activists, including human rights activist Israa al-Ghomgham, to lengthy prison terms.
Two women human rights defenders conditionally released, while others still face trial
On 10 February 2021, woman human rights defender (WHRD) Loujain al-Hathloul was conditionally released by the Saudi authorities after spending over 1,000 days in prison.
Call for the release of prisoners of conscience in the Gulf in light of the lifting of Qatar blockade
On January 5, 2021, Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) signed a “solidarity and stability” agreement, at the Gulf Cooperation Council summit in Al-Ulah, Saudi Arabia.
Saudi rulers failed in 2020 to persuade the world that their reforms address deep human rights concerns
Saudi Arabia’s rulers failed to persuade the world in 2020 that their reform programme was tackling human rights concerns, as violations and repression went on unabated, ALQST’s latest report concludes.

Reports

Abuses Under Scrutiny: Human Rights in Saudi Arabia
ALQST's latest annual report documents and discusses key human rights developments in Saudi Arabia throughout 2020.
ALQST 2019 Annual Report shows severity of human rights situation in Saudi Arabia
Annual report issued by ALQST in the first quarter of each year, monitoring and documenting the main events of the previous year.
Report of the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions: “Investigation into the unlawful death of Mr Jamal Khashoggi”
On 2 October 2018, the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to obtain papers he needed to get married.
NGOs submit follow up report on Saudi Arabia to the UN Committee against Torture
ALQST for Human Rights, the Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR), International Service for Human Rights (ISHR) and MENA Rights Group, have made a joint submission to the United Nations.

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