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Saudi authorities arrest rights activist Yasser Al-Ayyaf, having failed to goad him into violence

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عربي   The Saudi authorities have opened a new line of attack with the arrest of human rights activist Yasser bin Abdullah al-Ayyaf. Al-Ayyaf has in the past suffered dreadful abuse and violations of his rights and witnessed appalling things that he has not talked about because of pledges to Read more

UN expert: Saudi government must stop using counter-terrorism laws to stifle peaceful dissent

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عربي   Saudi Arabia has clearly misused counter-terrorism strategies for the purpose of stifling political dissent, suppressing opposition and silencing calls for reform by peaceful critics, according to the UN Special Rapporteur on protecting human rights while countering terrorism, Ben Emmerson QC. Those who peacefully exercise their right to freedom Read more

Norwegian Foreign Minister questions Saudi Arabia’s willingness to reform

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عربي The position for women in Saudi Arabia is unacceptable, says Norwegian Foreign Minister Ine Marie Eriksen Søreide, adding that she is unsure how serious the talk of reform in the country is.   Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has been traveling around the world portraying himself as a reformer, Read more

As an act of solidarity against injustice, and so the world will learn the truth: Let’s keep the names of Saudi human rights heroes constantly before the world – and in the face of the Saudi authorities

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عربي As an act of solidarity against injustice, and so the world will learn the truth:   Let’s keep the names of Saudi human rights heroes constantly before the world – and in the face of the Saudi authorities     Worse than injustice itself, and far more dangerous, is that injustice Read more

Latest crackdown targets top names in Saudi human rights movement

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عربي   In their latest crackdown on human rights activists, the Saudi authorities have arrested a number of prominent campaigners, accusing them of asking states and organisations abroad to pressure the regime   The Saudi authorities arrested a number of activists on Tuesday, May 15, just a day before the Read more

Review of Saudi Arabia before a Women’s Rights UN Committee: The failure of a PR show orchestrated by the Saudi government

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عربي On March 12th, the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) published its recommendations on Saudi Arabia, addressing some of the serious concerns raised by FIDH, its member organisation GCHR and Al Qst about the appalling situation of Women Human Rights Defenders (WHRDs). The Committee urged Read more

URGENT CALL FOR RELEASE OF SAUDI HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS

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عربي   As Crown Prince Mohamed Bin Salman of Saudi Arabia makes his first visits to Western capitals since being appointed as the Kingdom’s heir apparent, we the undersigned human rights organisations would like to draw the attention of his hosts and of the international community to the continued imprisonment Read more

Human rights activist Noha al-Balawi has been held in detention for 17 days, and the Saudi authorities are giving out misinformation about her

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عربي At 12:00 noon on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 the Saudi authorities detained a relative of social and human rights activist Noha al-Balawi as someone who was related to Noha and knew her well. He was subsequently released after several phone calls had been made to Noha asking her to Read more

Terrorism court hands down seven- and 14-year jail sentences for starting a human rights group

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عربي This morning, January 25, 2018, the Specialised Criminal Court (SCC) handed down jail sentences of seven years for rights activist Abdullah bin Mudhhi al-Atawi and 14 years for rights activist Mohamed bin Abdullah al-Oteibi on charges relating to their peaceful activism, notably the founding of an NGO, the Union Read more