NGOs urge governments to pressure Saudi Arabia to improve rights record following UN review

15 March 2019: Following the adoption of Saudi Arabia’s Universal Periodic Review outcome on 14 March, MENA Rights Group, ALQST, the Right Livelihood Award Foundation and OMCT called on the international community to maintain pressure on the Saudi government to improve the human rights situation in the country.  On 14 March, 2019, the UN Human 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

ALQST condemns the Saudi authorities’ mistreatment of Jannat Sybile for five years

عربي 1 March 2019: ALQST is dismayed to learn of the hardship and injustice experienced by Tunisian nurse Jannat Sybile Nuhaila, formerly contracted to work for the Health Department in Al-Baha, Saudi Arabia. Since being unfairly dismissed from her work, Jannat has been left stranded for more than five years without a passport, residence permit Continue Reading

ALQST and over 50 human rights groups call for immediate release of women’s rights defenders in Saudi Arabia

عربي 1 March 2019: ALQST has joined over 50 human rights groups in a joint letter calling for the immediate release of women’s rights defenders detained in Saudi Arabia. The following letter was sent to over 30 Ministers of Foreign Affairs of States calling on UN Member States to adopt a resolution at the 40th Continue Reading

Encourage your MP to sign this EDM on the detention of women’s rights activists in Saudi Arabia

عربي An Early Day Motion (EDM) has been put down by Labour MP Ann Clwyd on the detention of women’s rights activists. It has been sponsored by Conservative MP Crispin Blunt, Liberal Democrat MP Layla Moran and Scottish National Party (SNP) MP Stephen Gethins, Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) MP Jim Shannon and Labour MP Paul 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

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