The Saudi Authorities continues its arbitrary detention against the human right defender, Abdulaziz Al-Ghamdi (41 years), since more than two years without any charge and without giving a legal justification for detaining him for this long period while he has not been charged or brought before a judge. Al-Ghamdi, in accordance to the deteriorating environment in Saudi Arabia, is not ...Read More »
Al-Hashimi’s health deteriorating; new trial for al-Sa’id; al-Dubaisi tried in absentia The Saudi authorities are continuing their relentless crackdown on human rights activists and civil society supporters. Having sentenced ACPRA member Issa al-Hamid in April to nine years in prison followed by a nine-year ban on travelling abroad, they then handed down a sentence in May on his ACPRA colleague ...Read More »
Dr. Saud Mukhtar Al-Hashmi is suffering from health issues and is in urgent need of medical attention.
Al-Hashmi’s health has seriously deteriorated due to ill-treatment in prison. Al-Hashmi is denied basic needs such as healthy food, time to exercise (such as walking) and has no direct access to sunlight. Al-Hashmi was arrested on 2nd February 2007 along with five other activists, all of whom have been subjected to ill treatment by the authorities. Soon after his arrest, a ...Read More »
It has been 200 days since the General court in Abha lowered the death sentence judgment against the Palestinian poet Ashraf Fayadh and sentenced him to 8 years and 800 lashes as a result of him exercising his freedom of opinion and expression, Fayadh ‘s destiny remains unclear. The issue is on-going delay by the appeal court, and has led ...Read More »
On the occasion of the 32nd session of the Human Rights Council, ADHRB submitted a written statement to the Council regarding women’s rights in Saudi Arabia. Please continue reading for the full text, or click here to read a PDF of the statement. Women’s Rights in Saudi Arabia On behalf of Americans for Democracy and Human Rights in Bahrain and European-Saudi ...Read More »
The Saudi judiciary issues the largest mass death sentence decision in history against 14 prisoners including persons convicted of protesting.
Despite human rights reports and legal analyses which confirm that the Saudi justice system lacks adequate safeguards and provisions to ensure fair trials, the Specialized Criminal Court (SCC), which uses the Law for Crimes of Terrorism and its Financing, continues to increase the number of individuals facing the death sentence. On the 1st of June 2016, according to official media, ...Read More »
The sentencing on May 29, 2016 of human rights activist Abdulaziz al-Shubaili to eight years in jail highlights once again the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s harsh treatment of peaceful dissent and civil activity. Thousands of the prisoners in Saudi Arabia are prisoners of conscience. Many of them have been swept up in the authorities’ so-called war on terrorism but are ...Read More »
The Saudi authorities continue to clamp down on social media and wage war on freedom of expression as if it were an act of terrorism. They continue to associate the peaceful expression of opinions with violence, and also to link demands for reform, or the defence of human rights, with violence, as we explain in detail in our report “War ...Read More »
After arbitrary detention and enforced disappearance, Makki al-Orayedh was killed in police station and signs of torture were seen on his body
On Friday, March 4, 2016, the young man Makki al-Orayedh’s family went to the police station to ask about their son two days after his disappearance, and was surprised by his death. Makki, a 25 years old young man was a handball player at a local club. On Wednesday, March 2, 2016, he went out in his car to search ...Read More »
Mr. Vice President, Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain would like to draw the Council’s attention to the status of persons with disabilities among the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council. Aside from Saudi Arabia, no other GCC State has ratified the Optional Protocol on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. While recognizing Saudi Arabia’s ratification of the ...Read More »