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Saudi government to show videos it claims are proof of three groups seeking to overthrow regime

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عربي in a powerful bid to stamp out human rights work and calls for reform, and to criminalise all opposition activity       As the Saudi authorities continue their campaign of mass arrests, affecting many sectors of society but focused on human rights activists, advocates of reform and anyone Read more

UN expert: Saudi government must stop using counter-terrorism laws to stifle peaceful dissent

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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 Read more

Torture on the rise in Saudi prisons, as Dr Musa al-Qarni’s condition deteriorates

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عربي     ALQST has observed a sharp increase in the practice of torture and other forms of ill-treatment in prisons and detention centres in Saudi Arabia.  The recurrence of similar methods of torture across different prisons and detention centres strongly suggests that this increased use of torture is being 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

Review of Saudi Arabia before a Women’s Rights UN Committee: The failure of a PR show orchestrated by the Saudi government

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عربي On March 12th, the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) published its recommendations on Saudi Arabia, addressing some of the serious concerns raised by FIDH, its member organisation GCHR and Al Qst about the appalling situation of Women Human Rights Defenders (WHRDs). The Committee urged Read more

URGENT CALL FOR RELEASE OF SAUDI HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS

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عربي   As Crown Prince Mohamed Bin Salman of Saudi Arabia makes his first visits to Western capitals since being appointed as the Kingdom’s heir apparent, we the undersigned human rights organisations would like to draw the attention of his hosts and of the international community to the continued imprisonment Read more

New Saudi terrorism law: More of the same, still deeply flawed and wide open to abuse

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عربي ALQST has analysed the text of Saudi Arabia’s new Law on Combating Crimes of Terrorism and its Financing, which came out on November 1, 2017, and compared it with the previous terrorism law of December 27, 2013. ALQST’s conclusion from this analysis is that while the new law has Read more

“Moderation” requires tolerance, acceptance of others, free speech and human rights

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عربي Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has said on several occasions recently that he wants to return the country to “moderation”, or “moderate Islam”, and that he wants to fight “extremism”. His promises and visions in connection with these claims bear no relation to what is happening on Read more

As Saudi authorities launch PR campaign, war on freedom of expression reaches zenith

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عربي While the Saudi authorities keep boasting about granting women the right to drive, following a royal decree issued recently by King Salman, the number of people arrested, among them women, has seen a swift upsurge in the kingdom. The list of arrestees includes academics, journalists, human rights activists and Read more

A NEW ERA, AND STEPS THAT SHOULD BE TAKEN​

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العربي The Saudi people and human rights supporters everywhere are looking for radical changes regarding human rights in Saudi Arabia.  The country’s change of leadership presents a golden opportunity to make serious reforms, meet some of the public’s aspirations, and relieve them of some of their suffering.  Such reforms could Read more