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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

Human Rights Situation in Saudi Arabia 2016

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العربي Human Rights Situation in Saudi Arabia 2016 Annual review  2016 READ THE FULL REPORT MESSAGES FROM  ALQST To the people of Saudi Arabia we say: Human rights violations and the suppression of Freedom of Speech puts more reformers’ and activists’ lives at risk. It destroys society by concealing the Read more

December 3, 2016 – International Day of Persons with Disabilities

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الثالث من ديسمبر 2016، اليوم العالمي لذوي الإعاقة ‘A prison without bars’: living with disabilities in Saudi Arabia December 3, 2016 – International Day of Persons with Disabilities   The Saudi government is failing to meet its obligations to the kingdom’s disabled citizens. Service provision is underfunded and inadequate, and 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