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Saudi Arabia seeks death penalty against female human rights activist (August 2018)
Saudi Arabian prosecutors are seeking the death sentence for five human rights activists, including a woman who is thought to be the first female activist in the country facing execution, rights groups have said.
Human Rights Watch: Submission to the Universal Periodic Review of Saudi Arabia (May 2018)
According to HRW, Saudi Arabia continues to commit widespread violations of basic human rights. The most pervasive violations affect persons in the criminal justice system, women and girls, migrant workers, and religious minorities, though peaceful dissidents and independent human rights advocates are also persecuted.
Saudi Arabia: Intensified Repression of Writers, Activists (February 2017)
Saudi Arabia has stepped up arrests, prosecutions, and convictions of human rights defenders, including Abdulaziz al-Shubaily, who was sentenced to eight years in prison for “participating in an unlicensed association,” among other charges. Al-Shubaily is a founding member of the Saudi Civil and Political Rights Association (ACPRA), an entity which documents human rights abuses.
Saudi Arabia in U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (April 2017)
In its 2017 report, the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom recommended that the U.S. State Department designate ten countries as “countries of particular concern,” among them Saudi Arabia.
Saudi human rights activist sentenced to 9 years in prison (April 2016)
Saudi Arabia’s Specialized Criminal Court, established to try cases of terrorism and national security, sentenced Issa al-Hamid, the founding member of the Saudi Association for Civil and Political Rights (HASEM), to nine years in prison and nine years of travel probation thereafter, on charges related to his civil rights work.
Saudi court sentences poet to death for renouncing Islam (November 2015)
Palestinian poet and artist, Ashraf Fayadh, was sentenced to death for renouncing Islam. He had first been detained by religious police in August 2013 for reportedly cursing God and the Prophet, insulting Saudi Arabia, and distributing a book of his poems that promoted atheism. The case ultimately went to trial in February 2014.
Long Prison Terms for Activists (October 2015)
A Saudi court sentenced three men to prison terms ranging from eight to ten years, for peaceful activism. Abd al-Kareem al-Khodr and Dr. Abd al-Rahman al-Hamid, were two of the co-founders of the banned Saudi Civil and Political Rights Association (ACPRA).The third, Abd al-Aziz al-Snaidi, is an independent opposition activists.
Saudi Arabia – Country of Concern (March 2015)
An updated report by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office identifies continuing challenges faced by CSOs and human rights defenders in Saudi Arabia, as well as violations of freedom of expression and assembly. The report adds: “To date, no fully independent organisation working on civil and political rights has registered successfully.”
Saudi Arabia Increases Jail Sentence for Human Rights Lawyer (January 2015)
A judge in Saudi Arabia increased the prison sentence for a prominent human rights lawyer by five years, adding to his original 10-year sentence for sedition. The lawyer, Walid Abu al-Khair, is the founder and director of Monitor of Human Rights in Saudi Arabia (MHRSA); he was convicted in 2014 of charges including disloyalty to King Abdullah, disrespecting authorities, and creating an unauthorized association.
Saudi Arabia – Country of Concern (October 2014)
An updated report by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office identifies continuing challenges faced by CSOs and human rights defenders in Saudi Arabia, as well as violations of freedom of expression and assembly. Assessing the legal and political environment in the Kingdom, the report concludes that “civil society organizations will continue to find it difficult to operate in Saudi Arabia.”
Journalists Association “Fails Miserably,” Says Members (August 2014)
A number of Saudi journalists say the Saudi Journalists Association (SJA) has “failed miserably” to realize their aspirations. Criticizing the body’s inaction and poor performance, they called for serious steps to make it an effective body so it can address their problems and secure their rights. Salim Al-Thunayyan of Al-Hayat daily stated that the SJA is oblivious to their needs and circumstances: “SJA is supposed to be one of the most important Saudi civil society organizations but we have not seen any major initiative from the body taken on behalf of journalists since its inception 10 years ago.” Abdullah Al-Jahlan, secretary-general of SJA, however, said “in its capacity as a referral body for journalists, [SJA] demanded several times to review provisions of the governing regulations for media work in the Kingdom,” but to no avail.
Saudi Arabia: New Terrorism Law is Latest Tool to Crush Peaceful Expression (February 2014)
Amnesty International said that Saudi Arabia’s recently adopted counter-terrorism law will “entrench existing patterns of human rights violations and serve as a further tool to suppress peaceful political dissent.”
Article on Civil Society in Saudi Arabia (July 2013)
Saudi Arabia Prosecuting Peaceful Protesters (October 2012)
Saudi rights campaigner given 4 yrs’ jail: activists (April 2012)
Saudi Arabia: Christians arrested at private prayer (February 2012)
Drop Charges Against Human Rights Lawyer (September 2011)
Detainees disappear into black hole of Saudi jails (August 2011)
Stop Trial of Journalist (August 2011)
Why Is the Story Different in Saudi Arabia? (April 2011)
Dissident Writer Arrested (April 2011)
Saudi police open fire on pro-democracy protesters (March 2011)
Saudi authorities urged to allow peaceful protests (March 2011)
A Saudi Prince’s Plea for Reform (February 2011)
Rights watchdog urges Saudi to release activists (February 2011)
Nearby Uprisings Stoke Saudis’ Political Passions (February 2011)
Saudi royal concern over growing regional unrest (February 2011)
Saudi Arabia: Free Forgotten Prisoners (April 2010)
Saudi Arabia: Women lawyers may soon be allowed in courtrooms (February 2010)
The foregoing information was collected by ICNL’s monitoring partner in Saudi Arabia.