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.

Prisoner of conscience held incommunicado - URGENT ACTION - 10/02/2017
Nazeer al-Majed, a writer, has been held in incommunicado detention since 18 January 2017 after being sentenced by the Specialised Criminal Court in Riyadh to seven years in prison. He is a prisoner of conscience and is at risk of torture and ill-treatment. 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.

Human rights activist in arbitrary detention - URGENT ACTION UPDATE - 24/01/2017
Issa al-Nukheifi, a human rights activist, was detained again on 18 December 2016. He is a prisoner of conscience and should be immediately released. Take action.

Sudanese activists held incommunicado - URGENT ACTION - 17/01/2017
Two Sudanese nationals have been detained incommunicado since their arrest on 21 December 2016 after they supported recent civil disobedience in Sudan on social media. They are prisoners of conscience. Take action.

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 - 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.

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
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.

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.

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