Saudi Arabia

Suspend Saudi Arabia from 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.

Death sentence for juvenile offender - URGENT ACTION - 09/09/2016
Abdulkareem al-Hawaj, a Shi'a man, was sentenced to death on 27 July 2016 by the Specialised Criminal Court in Riyadh for offences that occurred when he was 16-years-old. The offences against him included 'throwing two Molotov cocktails', 'participating in riots that resulted in the shooting of an armoured vehicle', 'participating in illegal gatherings and chanting against the state' and using social media to share photos and videos of demonstrations in al-Qatif and Bahrain and to 'insult the leaders'. He says he was held incommunicado in solitary confinement for five months and torture into 'confessing'. Take action.

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.

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.

Activist held incommunicado - URGENT ACTION UPDATE - 03/10/2016
Salim al-Maliki, a 32-year-old teacher and human rights activist, has been arbitrarily detained and held incommunicado since his arrest on 2 September 2016 in Bani Malik governorate. He appears to have been detained solely for his peaceful activism against evictions in south-west Saudi Arabia. Take action.

Prisoner of conscience in need of medical care - URGENT ACTION UPDATE - 15/09/2016
Dr Saud al-Hashimi is reported to recently have suffered two strokes and is in urgent need of medical care. In November 2011, Dr al-Hashimi was sentenced to 30 years' imprisonment followed by a 30 year travel ban and a fine of 2 million riyals after having been convicted on charges including: disobeying Saudi Arabia's king, forming an organisation opposing the state, money laundering and 'supporting terrorism'. He is a prisoner of conscience. Take action.

Another ACPRA member sentenced to prison - URGENT ACTION - 17/06/2016
Abdulaziz al-Shubaily, a human rights defender, was convicted and sentenced on 29 May 2016 to eight years in prison by the Specialised Criminal Court in Riyadh for his peaceful human rights activism. He is a founding member of the Saudi Civil and Political Rights Association and, if imprisoned, will be a prisoner of conscience. Take action.

Medical care granted to Waleed Abu al-Khair - URGENT ACTION UPDATE - 14/06/2016
Waleed Abu al-Khair, a human rights lawyer and defender, ended his hunger strike on 12 June 2016 after being given access to medical care. He had begun his hunger strike five days earlier to highlight his ill-treatment in detention. Waleed Abu al-Khair is a prisoner of conscience serving a 15-year sentence for his peaceful activism. Take action.

Activist sentenced by anti-terror court - NEWS - 24/04/2016 - URGENT ACTION UPDATE - 02/06/2016
Issa al-Hamid, a human rights defender and founding member of the independent Saudi Civil and Political Rights Association, was sentenced to nine years in prison followed by a nine years travel ban by the Specialised Criminal Court in Riyadh for his peaceful human rights activism in the latest example of Saudi Arabia's ruthless onslaught against civil society in the Kingdom. Read more. Take action.

Activist sentenced by counter-terrorism court - NEWS - 29/05/2016
Abdulaziz al-Shubaily, a founding member of the independent Saudi Civil and Political Rights Association, was sentenced to eight years in prison on 29 May 2016 as the Saudi Arabian authorities continued their relentless efforts to stamp out independent human rights activism. He was tried at the Specialised Criminal Court and sentenced under a repressive counter-terrorism law on charges including 'communicating with foreign organisations' and providing information to Amnesty International. Read more.

Six ways you can help activists in Saudi Arabia - ACTION - 07/01/2016
This document suggests different ways you can help activists in Saudi Arabia.
Actions include:
  • Calling for Raif Badawi's immediate release.
  • Helping to free Waleed Abu al-Khair.
  • Tweet to save young activists from execution.
  • Demand the release of other human rights activists.
  • Get your government to pressure Saudi Arabia.
  • Pressure the Saudi Arabia embassy in your country.

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