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The Cross-Sectarian Appeal of Sheikh Nimr’s Ideals

الشيخ النمر

Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr was an ardent advocate against all forms of oppression. He was a Shia cleric who pushed for equality for Saudi Arabia’s Shia Muslim population, while also promoting increased political freedom for the kingdom’s Sunni Muslims. His ideals have resonated around the country and across sectarian lines. Much of the appeal of his message can be attributed ...

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HRC33: ADHRB calls on Council to contest re-election of Saudi Arabia to HRC


Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain would like to call the Council’s attention to the long-standing and ongoing human rights violations carried out by the Government of Saudi Arabia, which we believe provide ample evidence to support our call on all states to contest the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s re-election to the Human Rights Council this October. The ...

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Saudi Arabia: Further Information: Prisoner of conscience in need of medical care


Human rights defender Saud al-Hashimi is reported to have recently suffered two strokes and is in urgent need of medical care. He is a prisoner of conscience. click Hier to download report Source  

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Unprotected by Law, Children Could Face Execution in Saudi Arabia


Saudi Arabia is one of the few countries in the world that executes and sentences people to death for crimes they allegedly committed as minors. Most recently, of the 47 people executed on 2 January 2016, four were arrested for crimes they reputedly committed as children. In addition, at least three young men face imminent execution for crimes they reportedly ...

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Saudi Arabia: Arbitrary Detention and Torture of a 32 year-old Man for Two Years without Charge


On 2 September 2016 Alkarama wrote to the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD) regarding the case of a 32 year-old Saudi citizen who was arrested without a mandate, in the region of Al-Qatif, by members of the intelligence forces of the Saudi Ministry of Interior. He has been detained at the Dammam Central Prison for almost two ...

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Human Rights Watch submission to the Committee on the Rights of the Child regarding Saudi Arabia

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We write to submit information we hope will be helpful to your review of the government of Saudi Arabia’s compliance with the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). Information included in this submission is based on Human Rights Watch research, and focuses on: Saudi Arabia’s reservation to the Convention (articles 1, 4, 51), the execution and ill-treatment of ...

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Saudi Arabia: A 15-year-old Boy Detained Since 2014 for Participating in Peaceful Protests


On 21 September 2014, Murtaja Algariras, 13 years old at the time, was arrested by Saudi police on his way to Bahrain. During the investigation, Murtaja was tortured to extract confessions stating his participation in “illegal gatherings”. Almost two years after his arrest, Murtaja has not yet been charged and no date has been set for his trial. Concerned over ...

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Boris Johnson told to act over Saudi execution threat


Fears are growing that Saudi Arabia is about to behead a man for crimes committed when he was a juvenile – in violation of both international and Saudi law – triggering calls for the foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, to publicly reject Saudi “propaganda” claims that the accused should have been considered an adult at the time of the crime. Human ...

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Artists cast light on Palestinian poet jailed by Saudi Arabia


Artists and writers around the world released poems, drawings and other work on social media on Thursday, to draw attention to Ashraf Fayadh, a Palestinian poet who was sentenced to eight years in prison and 800 lashes for alleged apostasy in Saudi Arabia. Using the hashtag #FreeAshraf, artists including the Egyptian graphic novelist Ganzeer, the visual artist Joy Garnett and ...

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Boris Johnson must raise juvenile death sentences in Saudi meeting – Reprieve


The new Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, has been urged to use a meeting today with the Saudi Foreign Minister to call for an end to juvenile executions in Saudi Arabia. According to a Foreign Office statement this morning, Mr Johnson is due to host the Saudi Foreign Minister, Adel al-Jubeir, later today, in one of a series of first meetings ...

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