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

Human rights under King Salman and his son Crown Prince Mohammad

عربي READ THE FULL REPORT  Second ALQST Annual Conference 10 December, 2018 International Day of Human Rights Introduction Saudi Arabia has a monarchical system of government in which the descendants of King Abdulaziz hold a monopoly on power. There is no popular participation in government, nor any oversight or accountability for the actions, decisions or 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

ALQST and other rights NGOs call on Saudi Arabia to commit to eight specific measures to end the human rights crisis

  Saudi Arabia – On international Human Rights Day, commit to these, eight specific human rights initiatives to end the human rights crisis On 10 December 2018, international Human Rights Day, ALQST hosted a conference to assess the state of human rights in Saudi Arabia. Representatives from Amnesty International, European Saudi Organization for Human Rights Continue Reading

ALQST renews its call to recognise the achievements of Saudi human rights activists

  عربي   On 29 May 2018, following the Saudi authorities most recent wave of arbitrary arrests – of women’s rights activists – ALQST launched a campaign calling on, amongst others, partner NGOs, national governments and human rights supporters all over the world, to celebrate Saudi Arabia’s human rights heroes by nominating them for awards Continue Reading

Failure to make any commitment before key United Nations human rights body is a failure of leadership and betrays the Saudi Arabian people

عربي     Failure by Saudi Arabian officials to give any response to recommendations made by other UN member states on 5 November shows that it is business as usual.   ALQST condemns the decision by the government of Saudi Arabia to delay making any commitment to recommendations made by other United Nations (UN) Human Continue Reading

Alqst and Over 160 groups call for accountability following murder of journalist and widespread arrest of women’s rights defenders

عربي Saudi Arabia:Kingdom must be held to account for suppression of dissent, following murder of journalist and widespread arrest of women’s rights defenders 26.10.18     Recognising the fundamental right to express our views, free from repression, we the undersigned civil society organisations call on the international community, including the United Nations, multilateral and regional 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

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

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 remain silent and stop his Continue Reading

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

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 of expression in Saudi Arabia Continue Reading