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Four years after the arrest of Alaa Brinji for expressing his opinion: Saudi Arabia remains a prison for journalists 

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عربي Four years after the arrest of Alaa Brinji for expressing his opinion: Saudi Arabia remains a prison for journalists   As of May 14, 2018, Saudi journalist Alaa Brinji has spent four years behind bars for expressing his opinion, advocating for human rights, and challenging rights violations.   Brinji, Read more

Activist Nukhaifi writes to the Crown Prince: It’s time for genuine reform

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عربي Essa al-Nukhaifi, a campaigner for reform, has written to Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman from Mecca General Penitentiary calling for a number of urgent reforms. His letter contains several pieces of advice and proposals for wide-ranging reform, totalling twenty-five recommendations, dealing with prisons and detention centres, trials, women’s rights, Read more

Crackdown continues with waves of arrests, purpose still unclear

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عربي Issa al-Hamid and Abdulaziz al-Shubaili arrested, reports of Dr Salman al-Odah on hunger strike Over the past week the Saudi authorities have detained a number of preachers, writers and activists in an as yet unexplained wave of arrests.  They began on the evening of Saturday, September 9 by arresting Read more

Dina_Alaa

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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 Read more

معتقلي الرأي Prisoners of conscience: It is hard to compile a list of prisoners of conscience in Saudi Arabia.  In the absence of a safe environment for human rights work, it is impossible to monitor and record all of the arbitrary arrests made for people’s opinions or beliefs.  Here, however, Read more

Khaled al-Omair

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العربي Update 3 November 2016: Khaled Al-Omair ends his 29-day hunger strike after being transferred to the Counselling Centre in preparation for release from jail. Keep demanding his immediate release, 29 days after the expiry of his unjust 8-year sentence for taking part in a peaceful demonstration. October 6, 2016 Khaled Read more

WALEED ABU AL-KHAIR GOES ON HUNGER STRIKE BECAUSE OF ILL-TREATMENT IN PRISON

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 عربي Update: On June 12, imprisoned human rights lawyer and activist Waleed Abu al-Khair ended his hunger strike after winning concessions from the Jeddah Prison administration. He had been demanding restoration of his rights to reading materials, medical check-ups and a proper diet suited to his health needs. Waleed is Read more

Abdulaziz al-Shubaili gets 8-year sentence: ACPRA update and background

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عربي The sentencing on May 29, 2016 of human rights activist Abdulaziz al-Shubaili to eight years in jail highlights once again the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s harsh treatment of peaceful dissent and civil activity. Thousands of the prisoners in Saudi Arabia are prisoners of conscience. Many of them have been Read more

ID cards revolution: Jaber al-Amri jailed for seven years

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عربي The Saudi authorities continue to clamp down on social media and wage war on freedom of expression as if it were an act of terrorism. They continue to associate the peaceful expression of opinions with violence, and also to link demands for reform, or the defence of human rights, Read more

Mohanna al-Hubail

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عربي Mohanna Abdulaziz al-Hubail, Director of the Islamic Orient Studies Bureau in Istanbul, is a Saudi researcher, social activist and writer on contemporary Islamic thought and regional affairs whose work is regularly published in Saudi and other Gulf media. He was formerly deputy director of the public library in al-Ahsa, Read more