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

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 in the kingdom, but in Continue Reading

Human Rights Situation in Saudi Arabia 2017

العربي   Human Rights Situation in Saudi Arabia 2017 Annual review  2017 READ THE FULL REPORT [button href=”https://alqst.org/eng/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Human-Rights-in-Saudi-Arabia-2017-En.pdf” size=”medium” color=”#932f20″ textcolor=”#ffffff”]Download PDF[/button] [button href=”https://alqst.org/annual-report-2017/” size=”small” color=”#962821″ textcolor=”#ffffff”]حمل بالعربي[/button] 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 Continue Reading

Closing statement of the ALQST Conference

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 as it did at this Continue Reading

Urgent Need for Independent International Inquiry on Yemen

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 since the start of the Continue Reading

Prisoners tortured for posting videos

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 the way the authorities allow Continue Reading

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

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 disappointing that this important visit Continue Reading


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 video saying she had fled Continue Reading

Important: The conditions in Saudi Arabia’s severely overcrowded and disease- and crime-ridden prisons

عربي Reports reaching ALQST point to a sharp increase in the spread of infectious diseases in Saudi prisons.  ALQST has previously published reports and videos on conditions in Saudi Arabia’s severely overcrowded and disease- and crime-ridden prisons.  It has also reported on specific cases including deaths in prison from disease or criminal causes.  However, the Continue Reading