Human rights and Counter-terrorism: UN expert launches first mission to Saudi Arabia

عربي On April 27, 2017 the United Nations announced that the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and counter-terrorism, Ben Emmerson, would make an official visit to Saudi Arabia from April 30 to May 4, 2017 to monitor counter-terrorism initiatives and their impact on human rights.   ALQST finds it disappointing that this important visit Continue Reading

Saudi Arabia: Death sentence passed on mentally ill man, Ahmad bin Freih al-Shammari

العربي     On Saturday, April 23, 2017, in the General Court in Hafr al-Batin, Saudi Judge Abdulaziz al-Lahem sentenced Ahmad bin Freih al-Shammari to death.  Al-Shammari had been arrested three years previously and found to have in his possession pictures of armed fighters with the caption “Arabian Peninsula Organisation”, as well as pictures of Continue Reading


العربي Saudi authorities drag fleeing Saudi woman back to KSA from Philippines, arrest activist showing solidarity Dina Ali is arrested in the Philippines and returned to Saudi Arabia; Alaa al-Anazi is arrested for showing solidarity with her   On April 10, 2017, Saudi citizen Dina Ali al-Salloum appeared in a video saying she had fled Continue Reading

Important: The conditions in Saudi Arabia’s severely overcrowded and disease- and crime-ridden prisons

عربي Reports reaching ALQST point to a sharp increase in the spread of infectious diseases in Saudi prisons.  ALQST has previously published reports and videos on conditions in Saudi Arabia’s severely overcrowded and disease- and crime-ridden prisons.  It has also reported on specific cases including deaths in prison from disease or criminal causes.  However, the Continue Reading