Teenager Murtaja Qureiris under threat of execution for actions carried out when he was 11

عربي The Public Prosecution in Saudi Arabia is calling for the death penalty for 18-year-old Murtaja Abdullah Qureiris (born 22 October 2000). The authorities say he is charged, among other things, with making and throwing Molotov cocktails; conspiring to injure soldiers and set a vehicle on fire; taking part in demonstrations and the funeral procession Continue Reading

Saudi Arabia: New wave of arrests of activists reflects authorities’ obliviousness to international scrutiny and human rights

عربي 8 April 2019 – The wave of arrests on 4/5 April of at least nine activists, writers and bloggers, expresses Saudi Arabia’s lack of awareness and disregard towards the international scrutiny they currently face and how little they appear to care about international human rights standards. Reliable sources informed ALQST that Saudi Arabian authorities Continue Reading

Saudi authorities should release Saudi-American doctor Walid Fitaihi, imprisoned and tortured since November 2017

عربي 5 March 2019: ALQST is alarmed that, according to a credible report, Saudi Arabian authorities have tortured Saudi-American medical doctor Walid Fitaihi, 54. They have been holding him without charge, in pre-trial detention since November 2017. Saudi officials have tortured Dr. Walid Fitaihi, 54 years old on several separate occasions since his detention in Continue Reading

Enforced disappearances: five cases that the authorities in Saudi Arabia must account for

عربي ALQST has documented five cases of enforced disappearances in Saudi Arabia. The victims include a Syrian pilgrim, a preacher, two journalists and a humanitarian worker. We call on the Saudi authorities to immediately reveal the fate of these individuals and all others who have been forcefully disappeared Under the terms of the 1992 International Continue Reading

ALQST and MENA Rights Group call on the authorities in Saudi Arabia to immediately release humanitarian worker Abdulrahman AlSadhan

عربي ALQST and MENA Rights Group call on the authorities in Saudi Arabia to immediately release humanitarian worker Abdulrahman AlSadhan, who has been subjected to enforced disappearance since March Officials believed to be from Saudi Arabia’s Mabahith secret police arbitrarily arrested  humanitarian worker Abdulrahman AlSadhan, 35, in March 2018 and subsequently refused to provide any Continue Reading

Imprisoned human rights activist Mohammed al-Qahtani transferred to solitary confinement

Update on 19 December 2018:  Imprisoned human rights activist Mohammed al-Qahtani transferred to solitary confinement On Monday 17 December, Saudi Arabian authorities transferred imprisoned human rights activist Mohammed al-Qahtani, who is serving a ten year prison sentence in al-Hair prison near Riyadh on charges relating to his peaceful human rights work, to solitary confinement. The reason Continue Reading

The businessman and economics writer Essam al-Zamel was arrested for expressing his support for human rights and liberties

عربي The businessman and economics writer Essam al-Zamel was arrested for expressing his support for human rights and liberties, the Arab Spring and calls for reform in Saudi Arabia; and for criticising Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman’s abortive plan to sell off the state oil company, Saudi Aramco, pointing out the risks involved.   A Continue Reading