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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

Dina_Alaa

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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

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

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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 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

Mohamed al-Oteibi and Abdullah al-Atawi appear before the Specialised Criminal Court

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العربي On October 20, 2016, activists Mohamed bin Abdullah al-Oteibi and Abdullah bin Modhi al-Atawi were informed of a case against them in the Specialised Criminal Court (SCC), which handles terrorism cases, and were given the date for the first session of the trial.  Ten days later the first session Read more

Khaled al-Omair

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العربي Update 3 November 2016: Khaled Al-Omair ends his 29-day hunger strike after being transferred to the Counselling Centre in preparation for release from jail. Keep demanding his immediate release, 29 days after the expiry of his unjust 8-year sentence for taking part in a peaceful demonstration. October 6, 2016 Khaled Read more

INTERNATIONAL PEACE DAY: A HUMAN RIGHTS FOCUS ON YEMEN

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INTERNATIONAL PEACE DAY: A HUMAN RIGHTS FOCUS ON YEMEN from ALQST Peace and human rights go hand in hand – peace is fragile without human rights, and people’s basic rights are trodden underfoot in times of war. ALQST supports UN Human Rights Commissioner Zeid Ra’ad Al-Hussein’s call last month for Read more