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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

Key witness in Nukhaifi case says evidence was faked

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عربي A key witness in the case against detained human rights activist Essa al-Nukhaifi has denied all knowledge of evidence presented in court as testimony by him against Nukhaifi, which he says was falsified.  He says he was not present court and did not give any testimony. He maintains that Read more

Eleven more executed in Saudi Arabia while Crown Prince was schmoozing Western allies

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عربي Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman returns to Saudi Arabia this weekend at the end of a five-week, five-nation “charm offensive” aimed at selling a dubious image of modernisation and social reform at home, in exchange for diplomatic backing and multimillion-dollar trade deals. Prince Mohamed is undoubtedly driving sweeping changes Read more

Human Rights Situation in Saudi Arabia 2017

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العربي   Human Rights Situation in Saudi Arabia 2017 Annual review  2017 READ THE FULL REPORT Introduction and general overview: The Saudi authorities are continuing their persistent violations of human rights, while gambling that time is on their side.  They are pressing ahead with business as usual without making any Read more

Closing statement of the ALQST Conference

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عربي London, December 9, 2017 ALQST’s first conference took place in the British capital, London, on Saturday, December 9, 2017.  Taking part were British experts, Saudi and international organisations, and a variety of Saudi personalities including opposition figures, politicians, activists and others. The conference was a significant initiative, taking place 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

Urgent Need for Independent International Inquiry on Yemen

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عربي Joint NGO letter to Permanent Representatives of Member and Observer States of the United Nations Human Rights Council HRW Excellency, We, the undersigned nongovernmental organizations, urge you to support the creation of an independent international investigation into violations and abuses of international human rights law and international humanitarian law in Yemen Read more

How Saudi Arabia maintains its international image

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العربي Like other governments, the oil-rich Kingdom of Saudi Arabia uses public relations campaigns to maintain its image abroad and to win influence with others. But at the same time the kingdom is also imprisoning its own citizens for speaking out against it and for tarnishing its reputation – all Read more

Prisoners tortured for posting videos

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عربي ALQST has learned of a number of prison inmates being moved to solitary confinement and subjected to beatings and torture after recording and posting video clips about what they have witnessed inside Saudi jails.   In their videos, the prisoners talked about the black market operating inside jails, and Read more

Human rights and Counter-terrorism: UN expert launches first mission to Saudi Arabia

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عربي On April 27, 2017 the United Nations announced that the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and counter-terrorism, Ben Emmerson, would make an official visit to Saudi Arabia from April 30 to May 4, 2017 to monitor counter-terrorism initiatives and their impact on human rights.   ALQST finds it Read more