Saudi Arabia

No amount of PR can hide crackdown - NEWS - 29/03/3018

Saudi Arabia's aggressive publicity drive to rebrand its image, tarnished by a ruthless crackdown on freedom of expression and a bombing offensive in Yemen, is fooling nobody. Read more.

A blog can be found here.

The following tweets can be sent:
  • Mohammad bin Salman: Invest in human rights, not public relations! End the repression of activists, women and minorities and the attacks on civilians in #Yemen now! #Saudi. #ksa. #humanrights.
  • .@KingSalman. Practicer human rights, not PR campaigns. Stop bombing civilians in #Yemen.

  • .@KingSalman. Stop prosecuting human rights defenders, they drive the positive change you claim to call for!
  • .@KingSalman. If you truly want fundamental change, abolish the guardianship system now!
During Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman's first visit to Western capitals, Amnesty International was one of a number of human rights organisations to draw the attention of his hosts and the wider international community to the continued imprisonment of many prominent human rights defenders and other prisoners of conscience in Saudi Arabia as a result of their peaceful activism. Read more.

Prior to his visit to the United Kingdom, Amnesty called on Theresa May to 'show some backbone' over human rights in Saudi Arabia particularly in the context of the Crown Prince's much-touted reforms in the Kingdom. Read more.

Sudanese activist at imminent risk of deportation - URGENT ACTION - 04/04/2018
Husham Ali, a Sudanese political activist, is at imminent risk of being deported from Saudi Arabia to Sudan, where he would be at serious risk of torture and other ill-treatment. He is a prisoner of conscience. Take action.

Missile attack possible war crime - NEWS - 26/03/2018
On 25 March 2018, it was reported that the Huthi armed group in Yemen had fired seven ballistic missiles at airports in Riyadh and other Saudi Arabian cities, killing one civilian, in a possible war crime. Read more.

Human rights defenders sentenced - NEWS - 25/01/2018
On 25 January 2018, Mohammad al-Otaibi and Abdullah al-Attawi, two prominent human rights activists, were sentenced by the Specialised Criminal Court in Riyadh to 14 and seven years in prison respectively. Read more.

In the week up to 15 September 2017, the Saudi Arabian authorities had intensified their crackdown on freedom of expression, detaining more than 20 prominent religious figures, writers, journalists, academics and activists. Read more.

Over the weekend of 16-17 September, Abdulaziz al-Shubaily and Issa al-Hamid, both founding members of the Saudi Civil and Political Rights Association were also detained. Read more.

Abdulaziz had been informed on 31 July that his eight year prison sentence had been upheld by the Court of Appeal in Riyadh. He is a prisoner of conscience and should be immediately and unconditionally released. Take action.

Five ways to deliver true human rights reform - NEWS - 27/10/2017 - ACTION - 09/01/2018
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman al Saud has made a public vow to 'modernise' Saudi Arabia signalling key reforms could be on the agenda. There are five crucial things the authorities urgently need to do to prove they are truly committed to reform:
  • End use of the death penalty.
  • Stop cracking down on freedom of expression.
  • Stop persecuting the Shi'a minority.
  • End systematic discrimination against women.
  • Stop killing civilians in Yemen conflict.
Read more. A blog on how the human rights crackdown in Saudi Arabia has intensified recently can be found here.

Take action here.

Read an article published in Newsweek.

Statement to the UN Human Rights Council - WRITTEN STATEMENT - 13/02/2018
Amnesty International is calling on Saudi Arabia to take immediate steps to address the concerns of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Counter-Terrorism. Read more.

Cleric hospitalised after solitary confinement - NEWS - 17/01/2018
Amnesty International is calling on the Saudi Arabian authorities to release Sheikh Salman al-Awda, a prominent reformist cleric who has been held in solitary confinement for five months without charge or trial. On 16 January 2018, his family learnt that he has been hospitalised but were given no further details of his condition. Read more.

Writer released - GOOD NEWS - URGENT ACTION UPDATE - 17/11/2017
On 23 June 2017, Dr Zuhair Kutbi, was released after serving two years in prison. He remains banned from travelling and writing on social media. The conditions of his release are unknown. Read more.

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