Saudi Arabia

Ruthless crackdown against human rights activists - NEWS - 10/01/2017

Authorities in Saudi Arabia have begun 2017 with an intensified crackdown against human rights activists dealing another heavy blow to the last vestiges of the country's embattled civil society. Read more.

Mass death sentences a travesty of justice - NEWS - 06/12/2016
Amnesty International has said that the condemning of 15 people to death by the Specialised Criminal Court on 6 December 2016 after a grossly unfair trial is a travesty of justice and a serious violation of human rights. Read more.

Response to Saudi-led coalition's investigations - NEWS - 16/01/2017
The Saudi Arabia's led coalition's investigative mechanism, the Joint Incidents Assessment Team (JIAT), published a series of legal conclusions in 2016 surrounding specific air strike incidents where concerns have been raised that international humanitarian law may have been breached. Amnesty International has reviewed all publicly available legal and factual conclusions and in response has expressed concerns that the JIAT's investigations appear to be falling short of international standards including those of transparency, independence, impartiality and effectiveness. Read more.

Amnesty has also called on Saudi Arabia to immediately abandon all use of cluster munitions, destroy its stockpile and accede to the international Convention on Cluster Munitions after its surprise admission on 19 December 2016 that it used the inherently indiscriminate weapon in Yemen. Read more.

AIUK is calling for the total suspension of all weapons sales to Saudi Arabia that risk fuelling further atrocities in Yemen. Read more.

For more information on the Saudi Arabian led coalition attacks on Yemen go here.

ACPRA seventh anniversary action - ACTION - 26/10/2016 - BLOG 28/10/2016

October 2016 marks the seventh anniversary of the founding of the Saudi Civil and Political Rights Association (ACPRA). Ten of the eleven founding members are currently either imprisoned and serving lengthy sentences, on trial and facing imprisonment or have been sentenced and are awaiting detention.

To mark the anniversary Amnesty is undertaking a Twitter action with the following message:

Happy 7th birthday @acprahr! @M_Naif_AlSaud, defending human rights is not terrorism – Release #ACPRA now.

Maha al-Qahtani, the wife of Mohammad al-Qahtani, explains what life has been like for the family since his arrest in this blog. Mohammad, an economics professor and co-founder of ACPRA, is serving a 10-year prison sentence for his peaceful activism.


Ruthless sentence increased in unfair trial - NEWS - 01/12/2016 - URGENT ACTION UPDATE - 12/12/2016
Issa al-Hamid, a human rights defender who had received a nine year prison term for his work promoting human rights, had his sentence increased in 1 December 2016 to 11 years in prison on appeal followed by a travel ban of equal duration as well as a fine of 100,000 Saudi Riyals following an appeal. If detained he will be a prisoner of conscience. Read more. Take action.

Man faces execution after grossly unfair trial - URGENT ACTION - 30/11/2016
Yussuf Ali al-Mushaikass, a Shia man, is at risk of execution after he exhausted all his appeals. He was sentenced to death after a grossly unfair trial and claims he was tortured into 'confessing', but his allegation has not been properly investigated. Take action.

Two human rights defenders on trial - URGENT ACTION - 04/11/2016
Mohammed al-Otaibi and Abdullah al-Attawi, two co-founders of the Union for Human Rights, a Saudi Arabian human rights organisation, are on trial before the counter-terror court on charges related to their human rights work. Their next hearing is scheduled for 27 December 2016 and if detained they will be prisoners of conscience. Take action.

Juveniles at risk of execution - ACTION

Ali al-Nimr, Abdullah al-Zaher and Dawood al-Marhoon are three young men at imminent risk of execution. All three were arrested when they were under the age of 18 and say they 'confessed' following torture.

Take action:

  • Send a Tweet:
    • I call on  @KingSalman to STOP execution of juvenile offenders in #Saudi. #Ali_AlNimr #stoptorture
    • Demand @KingSalman halts executions of young activists who say they were tortured to 'confess'! #stoptorture
    • No justice in executions. @kingsalman save Ali, Dawood, Abdullah facing death in Saudi #stoptorture
Ali al-Nimr's mother tells their story here and provides a birthday tribute here.

As of 9 September 2016 at least 118 people have been executed in Saudi Arabia. At least 158 people were executed in 2015, the highest number since 1995. Read more.

Human rights defender on hunger strike - URGENT ACTION UPDATE - 25/10/2016
Khaled al-Omair, a human rights defender, has been on hunger strike since 6 October 2016 in protest at his continuing detention. He was due to be released on 5 October after completing his eight-year prison sentence. He is a prisoner of conscience. Take action.

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