Saudi Arabia: New wave of arrests of activists reflects authorities’ obliviousness to international scrutiny and human rights

عربي 8 April 2019 – The wave of arrests on 4/5 April of at least nine activists, writers and bloggers, expresses Saudi Arabia’s lack of awareness and disregard towards the international scrutiny they currently face and how little they appear to care about international human rights standards. Reliable sources informed ALQST that Saudi Arabian authorities Continue Reading

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

Three imprisoned Saudi activists are nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by parliamentarians in Canada and Norway

عربي LONDON, 12 February 2019:  ALQST today welcomed the nomination of human rights defenders Loujain al-Hathloul, Nassima al-Sadah and Abdullah al-Hamid for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize.  Their names were put forward by women MPs in Canada and Norway.  ALQST has been campaigning for the champions of human rights in Saudi Arabia to be honoured Continue Reading

Enforced disappearances: five cases that the authorities in Saudi Arabia must account for

عربي ALQST has documented five cases of enforced disappearances in Saudi Arabia. The victims include a Syrian pilgrim, a preacher, two journalists and a humanitarian worker. We call on the Saudi authorities to immediately reveal the fate of these individuals and all others who have been forcefully disappeared Under the terms of the 1992 International Continue Reading

ALQST Confirms New Details of Torture of Saudi Women Activists as British MPs Seek Access to Prisons to Investigate

عربي ALQST Confirms New Details of Torture of Saudi Women Activists as British MPs Seek Access to Prisons to Investigate ALQST welcomes the announcement made on 2 January 2019 that a cross-party group of British MPs and international lawyers has submitted a request to visit Saudi women activists detained in Saudi prisons to review their Continue Reading

“Disappearance” of Jamal Khashoggi requires independent, apolitical investigation and robust response from international community

عربي   ALQST (London – 8 October 2018): “Disappearance” of Jamal Khashoggi requires independent, apolitical investigation and robust response from international community   The trattered credibility of Saudi Arabia government in the balance as fate of journalist Jamal Khashoggi mired in controversy.   ALQST is appalled and dismayed at unconfirmed reports citing unnamed sources in Continue Reading

Saudi Arabia: Authorities must release Yemeni Writer Marwan Al-Muraisy

عربي 25-September-2018 ALQST for Human Rights in Saudi Arabia, English PEN, the Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR), Index on Censorship, PEN International, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) call on the authorities in Saudi Arabia to release Yemeni writer and online activist Marwan Al-Muraisy, who has been subject to enforced disappearance since June. On 01 June 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