Saudi Arabia

Release Raif Badawi - NEWS - 16/06/2017 - BLOG 17/06/2017

To mark the fifth anniversary of the arrest of Raif Badawi, a blogger and prisoner of conscience, Amnesty International is renewing its call for his immediate and unconditional release. Read more.

The following Tweet can be sent to the Saudi Arabian authorities:
  • .@KingSalman blogging is not a crime! I urge you to #FreeRaif today! @Raif_Badawi
Raif's children have written a blog to mark the anniversary.

Death penalty used as a political weapons - NEWS - 12/07/2017
The Saudi Arabian government is employing the death penalty as a political weapon to silence dissent, Amnesty International has said, following the execution of four Shi'a men in the Eastern Province on 11 July 2017. Read more.

14 protesters facing imminent execution - NEWS - 06/06/2017 - URGENT ACTION UPDATE - 24/07/2017
Fourteen Saudi Arabian men are at imminent risk of execution after their families learned on 23 July 2017 that the Supreme Court has ratified their death sentences. The men had been transferred to Riyadh on 15 July. The men were sentenced to death on 1 June 2016 after a grossly unfair trial based on 'confessions' they said were obtained under torture. The Court of Appeal of the Specialised Criminal Court upheld the sentences in May 2017. Take action.

Earlier, Amnesty International together with Human Rights Watch had called on the Saudi Arabian authorities to immediately quash the death sentences. Read more.

Nigerian at risk of execution - URGENT ACTION UPDATE - 03/07/2017
Suliamon Olufemi, a Nigerian national, remains at risk of execution. On 19 April 2017, 11 of his co-defendants were released from prison and deported to Nigeria, having completed their 15 year sentences. Suliamon Olufemi was sentenced to death in 2005 after an unfair trial and has exhausted all of his appeals. Take action.

Man at risk of imminent execution - URGENT ACTION - 29/06/2017
Said Mabkhout al--Sai’ari is at imminent risk of execution. He was sentenced to death after an unfair trial and has exhausted all his appeals. Take action.

Young men at risk of execution - PUBLIC STATEMENT - 21/03/2017 - BLOG - 21/03/2017
Amnesty International remains extremely concerned about the impending exercution of three young men arrested as teenagers and sentenced to death. 
Ali al-Nimr, Abdullah al-Zaher and Dawood al-Marhoon have exhausted all of their appeals and are at risk of execution at any time. All three were arrested when they were under the age of 18 and say they 'confessed' following torture. Abdulkareem al-Hawaj has also had his conviction and death sentence confirmed for an offence he committed when he was under 18 years of age. Read more.

Take action:

  • Send a Tweet:
    • I call on  @KingSalman to STOP execution of juvenile offenders in #Saudi. #stoptorture
    • Demand @KingSalman halts executions of young activists who say they were tortured to 'confess'! #stoptorture
    • .@KingSalman justice is in your hands. Abdullah al-Zaher's mother's heart is breaking - spare his life today!
    • We urge @KingSalman to spare the life of Abdulkareem al-Hawaj, arrested aged 16, now on death row
    • #Ali_AlNimr says he was tortured to 'confess', now he's been sentenced to death: @KingSalman end the injustice now!
    • Dawood al-Marhoon’s mum says we cannot lose hope & we won’t! Urge @KingSalman to save him from execution
Read a blog written by their mothers to mark Mother's Day in Saudi Arabia.

UK court ruling a 'deadly blow' to Yemeni civilians - NEWS - 10/07/2017
A United Kingdom court ruling that the United Kingdom government is entitled to continue authorising arms supplies to Saudi Arabia is a potentially deadly setback to Yemeni civilians. Read more.

Sudanese activists at risk of deportation - NEWS - 10/07/2017 - URGENT ACTION UPDATE - 11/07/2017
Amnesty International is calling on the Saudi Arabian authorities to ensure three Sudanese prisoners of conscience are not deported back to Sudan where there is a real risk they could be imprisoned and face torture and other ill-treatment. Elgassim Seed Ahmed, Elwaleed Imam and Alaa Aldin al-Difana were initially arrested in December 2016 and appear to have been detained at the request of the Sudanese authorities in relation to posts on social media expressing support for civil disobedience protests in Sudan. Read more. An Urgent Action on behalf of Alaa Aldin al-Difana can be found here.

Release prisoners of conscience - PUBLIC STATEMENT - 30/06/2017
Amnesty International is calling on Mohammad bin Salman al Saud to use his new authority as crown prince to match his words with actions and demonstrate his commitment to human rights by releasing detained human rights defenders and other prisoners of conscience held solely on account of their peaceful exercise of  their right to freedom of expression, association and assembly. Read more.

Sentence confirmed on writer - URGENT ACTION UPDATE - 16/06/2017
Nazeer al-Majed, a writer, was informed on 15 May 2017 that the Court of Appeal of the Specialised Criminal Court in Riyadh had upheld his seven year prison sentence. He has been detained since 18 January solely for having peacefully exercised his right to freedom of expression. He is a prisoner of conscience. Take action.

Activist at risk of torture - NEWS - 30/05/2017 - URGENT ACTION UPDATE - 08/06/2017
Mohammad al-Otaibi, a human rights activist, has been detained incommunicado since 28 May 2017. On the night of 24 May, the persecuted activist was en route to Norway, where he had been granted refugee status, when Qatari authorities arrested him in Doha airport and deported him back to Saudi Arabia. Amnesty International is calling on the Saudi authorities to ensure he is immediately released. He is a prisoner of conscience and is at risk of torture and other ill-treatment. Read more. Take action.

Activist detained incommunicado - URGENT ACTION - 01/06/2017
Ali Shaaban, a human rights defender, has been detained incommunicado since 15 May 2017, raising fears that he might be at risk of torture and other ill-treatment. He may be a prisoner of conscience. Take action.

Trump's visit risks giving green light to human rights violations - NEWS - 19/05/2017
During President Trump's first foreign visit, counter-terrorism and security has dominated the discussions with Gulf and Arab state leaders. The glaring absence of human rights from the agenda will only embolden further violations in a region where governments flout the rights of their own people in the name of the fight against terror, and violate international humanitarian law in conflicts fueled in large part by United States arms transfers. Read more.

The following article was published in Newsweek.

'Yet another sacrifice'  - BLOG - ACTION - 08/05/2017
Mohammad al-Qahtani, a human rights defender and founding member of the Civil and Political Rights Association is currently serving a 10-year prison sentence for peacefully calling for reforms. On 23 April 2017 his mother passed away and he was offered three days' compassionate leave from prison to attend her funeral. Mohammad, however, chose to refuse the offer in protest of his ongoing unfair detention.

His wife, Maha, wrote this letter to him. You can also watch the following video about Mohammad and his family.

The following Tweet can be sent to the Saudi Arabian authorities:
  • Defending human rights is not a crime! Mohammad al-Qahtani should not be in prison. @KingSalman, release him now!

Human rights defender's sentence upheldURGENT ACTION - 06/03/2017
Issa al-Hamid, a human rights defender, had his 11-year prison sentence upheld by the Specialised Criminal Court in Riyadh. It is feared that he could be detained at any time to start serving his sentence and would be a prisoner of conscience if detained. Issa al-Hamid was originally sentenced to a nine year prison term for his work promoting human rights but had his sentence increased on 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. Take action.

Human rights defender jailed for online activism - URGENT ACTION - 31/01/2017
Essam Koshak, a human rights defender, has been detained since 8 January 2017 for his online activism. He is a prisoner of conscience and should be immediately and unconditionally released. Take action.

Response to Saudi-led coalition's investigations - NEWS - 09/03/2017
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.

In a new investigation, Amnesty International has corroborated new evidence that the Saudi Arabia-led coalition has fired Brazilian manufactured rockets containing banned cluster munitions striking three residential areas and surrounding farmland in the middle of Sa'da City, injuring two civilians and causing material damage. Read more.

Amnesty has 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.

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