ALQST Confirms New Details of Torture of Saudi Women Activists as British MPs Seek Access to Prisons to Investigate

عربي ALQST Confirms New Details of Torture of Saudi Women Activists as British MPs Seek Access to Prisons to Investigate ALQST welcomes the announcement made on 2 January 2019 that a cross-party group of British MPs and international lawyers has submitted a request to visit Saudi women activists detained in Saudi prisons to review their Continue Reading

Human rights under King Salman and his son Crown Prince Mohammad

عربي READ THE FULL REPORT  Second ALQST Annual Conference 10 December, 2018 International Day of Human Rights Introduction Saudi Arabia has a monarchical system of government in which the descendants of King Abdulaziz hold a monopoly on power. There is no popular participation in government, nor any oversight or accountability for the actions, decisions or Continue Reading

Imprisoned human rights activist Mohammed al-Qahtani transferred to solitary confinement

Update on 19 December 2018:  Imprisoned human rights activist Mohammed al-Qahtani transferred to solitary confinement On Monday 17 December, Saudi Arabian authorities transferred imprisoned human rights activist Mohammed al-Qahtani, who is serving a ten year prison sentence in al-Hair prison near Riyadh on charges relating to his peaceful human rights work, to solitary confinement. The reason Continue Reading

ALQST and other rights NGOs call on Saudi Arabia to commit to eight specific measures to end the human rights crisis

  Saudi Arabia – On international Human Rights Day, commit to these, eight specific human rights initiatives to end the human rights crisis On 10 December 2018, international Human Rights Day, ALQST hosted a conference to assess the state of human rights in Saudi Arabia. Representatives from Amnesty International, European Saudi Organization for Human Rights Continue Reading

ALQST renews its call to recognise the achievements of Saudi human rights activists

  عربي   On 29 May 2018, following the Saudi authorities most recent wave of arbitrary arrests – of women’s rights activists – ALQST launched a campaign calling on, amongst others, partner NGOs, national governments and human rights supporters all over the world, to celebrate Saudi Arabia’s human rights heroes by nominating them for awards Continue Reading

Failure to make any commitment before key United Nations human rights body is a failure of leadership and betrays the Saudi Arabian people

عربي     Failure by Saudi Arabian officials to give any response to recommendations made by other UN member states on 5 November shows that it is business as usual.   ALQST condemns the decision by the government of Saudi Arabia to delay making any commitment to recommendations made by other United Nations (UN) Human Continue Reading

Alqst and Over 160 groups call for accountability following murder of journalist and widespread arrest of women’s rights defenders

عربي Saudi Arabia:Kingdom must be held to account for suppression of dissent, following murder of journalist and widespread arrest of women’s rights defenders 26.10.18     Recognising the fundamental right to express our views, free from repression, we the undersigned civil society organisations call on the international community, including the United Nations, multilateral and regional Continue Reading

“Disappearance” of Jamal Khashoggi requires independent, apolitical investigation and robust response from international community

عربي   ALQST (London – 8 October 2018): “Disappearance” of Jamal Khashoggi requires independent, apolitical investigation and robust response from international community   The trattered credibility of Saudi Arabia government in the balance as fate of journalist Jamal Khashoggi mired in controversy.   ALQST is appalled and dismayed at unconfirmed reports citing unnamed sources in Continue Reading

The businessman and economics writer Essam al-Zamel was arrested for expressing his support for human rights and liberties

عربي The businessman and economics writer Essam al-Zamel was arrested for expressing his support for human rights and liberties, the Arab Spring and calls for reform in Saudi Arabia; and for criticising Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman’s abortive plan to sell off the state oil company, Saudi Aramco, pointing out the risks involved.   A Continue Reading

Saudi Arabia: Authorities must release Yemeni Writer Marwan Al-Muraisy

عربي 25-September-2018 ALQST for Human Rights in Saudi Arabia, English PEN, the Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR), Index on Censorship, PEN International, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) call on the authorities in Saudi Arabia to release Yemeni writer and online activist Marwan Al-Muraisy, who has been subject to enforced disappearance since June. On 01 June Continue Reading