Saudi Arabia

A dark year for human rights - REPORT - 22/01/2016
King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud's first year in power has seen the country's human rights record deteriorate markedly. The Saudi Arabian authorities have pursued a ruthless crackdown on all forms of dissent, increased their use of the death penalty and maintained practices that discriminate against the country's Shi'a Muslim minority. The kingdom's military has also repeatedly violated the rules of war in its military campaign in Yemen. The only area of limited improvement is with regards to women's rights. Read more.

Call on United Kingdom government to stop selling arms - ACTION - 29/01/2016
In the third quarter of 2015 the UK granted over £1bn worth of arms export licences to Saudi Arabia according to newly published figures released by the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills. This was despite overwhelming evidence of massive human rights violations committed by the Saudi-led coalition in its aerial bombing campaign in Yemen. More information.

Amnesty is calling on the United Kingdom government to halt all arms exports to Saudi Arabia where the weapons are at risk of being used in the Yemen conflict to commit violations of international law. Take action. Sign the petition.

Arrested as teenagers, sentenced to death - ACTION - 08/02/2016

14 February 2016 marks the fourth anniversary of Ali al-Nimr’s arrest when he was only 17 years old. In the run up to this date Amnesty is calling on the Saudi Arabian government to spare his life together with two other teenage boys, Abdullah al-Zaher and Dawood al-Marhoon, who were arrested shortly after him. The three young men have no more chances to appeal and face imminent execution.

Take action:

  • Sign up to the Amnesty thunderclap: The Thunderclap will be Tweeted at 18:00 on 14 February.
  • 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

Poet resentenced to prison and flogging - URGENT ACTION UPDATE - 03/02/2016
Palestinian poet and artist Ashraf Fayadh has had his death sentence overturned by a court in Saudi Arabia. He has been resentenced to eight years in prison and 800 lashes. He is a prisoner of conscience. Take action.

47 executed in a single day - NEWS - 02/01/2016 - URGENT ACTION UPDATE - 20/01/2016
Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr was one of 47 people executed by Saudi Arabia on 2 January 2016. Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr had been a vocal critic of the Saudi Arabian government and had been arrested following protests in the Eastern Province in 2011. He had been convicted after a political and grossly unfair trial at the Specialized Criminal Court and his death sentence had been upheld in 2015. More information. Take action.

Writer jailed by counter-terrorism court - URGENT ACTION UPDATE - 13/01/2016
Dr Zuhair Kutbi was sentenced on 21 December 2015 to four years in prison by the Specialized Criminal Court solely for his peaceful activism. He is at risk of torture and other ill-treatment and is in need of medical attention. He is a prisoner of conscience. Take action.

Jail sentences overturned - GOOD NEWS - URGENT ACTION UPDATE - 27/01/2016

Three Saudi Arabian lawyers convicted over messages posted on Twitter deemed offensive to the Ministry of Justice have had their prison sentences quashed by an appeal court. 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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