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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

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

“ACPRA trials” come to an end, with sentences totalling 199 years in prison terms and travel bans as well as other punishments

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العربي Saudi judiciary brings “ACPRA trials” to a close with confirmation of the final sentence against Abdulaziz al-Shubaily With confirmation of the final sentence against human rights activist Abdulaziz al-Shubaily, and before him rights activists Issa al-Hamid, both members of the Saudi Association for Political and Civil Rights (ACPRA), the Read more

Qatar extradites activist to Saudi after Norway grants asylum

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عربي Qatar has extradited the prominent Saudi human rights defender Mohammed bin Abdullah al-Otaibi to Saudi Arabia, after Norway accepted his application for political asylum.  Otaibi was arrested at Doha International Airport on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 as he was about to travel with his wife to Norway, on travel Read more

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

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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”, Read more

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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

Human Rights Situation in Saudi Arabia 2016

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العربي Human Rights Situation in Saudi Arabia 2016 Annual review  2016 READ THE FULL REPORT MESSAGES FROM  ALQST To the people of Saudi Arabia we say: Human rights violations and the suppression of Freedom of Speech puts more reformers’ and activists’ lives at risk. It destroys society by concealing the 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

International Migrants Day – 18 December 2016

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اليوم الدولي للمهاجرين – 18 ديسمبر 2016 International Migrants Day – 18 December 2016   “On this International Migrants Day, I call on the international community to act on the global compact on safe, regular and orderly migration as an important contribution to building a world of peace, prosperity, dignity Read more