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Saudi Arabia: Joint NGO Letter: An open letter to Ban Ki-Moon


As organizations working to protect the rights of children and health workers in armed conflict, we are shocked by your decision announced on June 6, 2016 to remove the Saudi Arabia-led Coalition from the “list of shame” annexed to your published 2016 annual report to the United Nations Security Council on children and armed conflict, “pending the conclusions of [a] ...

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Saudi Arabia: in spite of strong evidence, State delegation denies situation of torture in the country


During its review by the United Nations Committee against Torture (CAT), the delegation of Saudi Arabia portrayed a picture of respect for human rights and an enabling environment for civil society, despite all cases of torture, lack of fundamental guarantees and repression of human rights activists presented by NGOs and mentioned by the CAT experts during the review. According to ...

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Saudi Arabia: Prominent Rights Defender Detained


On January 13, Saudi authorities released Samar Badawi on condition that she attend an investigation session with the Bureau of Investigation and Prosecution later that day. (Beirut) – Saudi authorities arrested the prominent human rights activist Samar Badawi on January 12, 2016 over her peaceful human rights advocacy. Saudi Arabia should immediately release Badawi and halt its persecution of people ...

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