Saudi Arabia

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.

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.

Saudi Arabia is abusing its position on the UN Human Rights Council - NEWS -29/06/2016
On 29 June 2016, Amnesty International issued a joint statement with Human Rights Watch regarding the 'gross and systematic violations of human rights' committed by Saudi Arabia at home and abroad and the fact that it has used its position on the United Nations Human Rights Council to effectively obstruct justice for possible war crimes. Read more. The joint statement can be found here.

Read an opinion piece published in Newsweek.

Amnesty has identified three major areas where Saudi Arabia is abusing human rights. Read more.

Previously, Amnesty had stated that the credibility of the United Nations was on the line after it shamefully caved in to pressure to remove the Saudi Arabia-led military coalition from the United Nation's list of states and armed groups that violates children's rights in conflict. Read more

Amnesty International was one of a number of NGOs to write an open letter to the secretary general of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon. Read more.

Amnesty International's submission to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child can be found here.

Amnesty International's written statement on Saudi Arabia to the 32nd session of the United Nations Human Rights Council can be found here.

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.

As of 9 September 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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