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Sheikh Tawfiq: My Father

A man who stands by his principles Sheikh Tawfiq al-Amr is a prominent Shi’a Muslim cleric who is serving an eight-year prison sentence in Saudi Arabia. He was jailed in 2011 for criticising discrimination against the Shi’a community and calling for reforms. Today, on the third anniversary of his sentencing, his son Mohammed, 31, tells their story. *** When Sheikh Tawfiq, my father, was arrested the last time, I was in Arizona working on my Bachelor degree and studying for an exam.

Date:
14 August 2017
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  • Saudi Arabia
  • Detention

"No one should be imprisoned for simply standing up for human rights"

On his 17th birthday, Omar writes about his dad, Mohammad al-Qahtani, a human rights defender and founding member of the Saudi Civil and Political Rights Association (ACPRA), one of Saudi Arabia’s few independent human rights organizations. He is serving a 10-year prison sentence for peacefully calling for reforms in the country. *** My name is Omar Al-Qahtani and today I turn 17. I have two brothers and two sisters, oldest is Abdullah (20), then Norah (18), than me, then Othman (15), and Layla (4).

Date:
4 August 2017
  • News
  • Middle East and North Africa
  • Death Penalty

Fourteen men at imminent risk of beheading as Saudi Arabia continues bloody execution spree

The Saudi Arabian Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the death sentences of 14 men after a grossly unfair mass trial is a worrying reminder of the country’s lethal crackdown on dissent, said Amnesty International today. The men who were found guilty of protest-related crimes now face imminent execution. “By confirming these sentences Saudi Arabia’s authorities have displayed their ruthless commitment to the use of the death penalty as a weapon to crush dissent and neutralize political opponents,” said Samah Hadid, Director of campaigns for the Middle-East at Amnesty international.

Date:
24 July 2017
  • News
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Death Penalty

Saudi Arabia: Death penalty used as political weapon against Shi’a as executions spike across country

The Saudi Arabian government is employing the death penalty as a political weapon to silence dissent, said Amnesty International, following the execution of four Shi’a men in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province on 11 July. Yussuf Ali al-Mushaikass, a father of two, was executed along with three other men, for terror-related offences in connection with their participation in anti-government protests in the Shi’a majority Eastern Province between 2011 and 2012.

Date:
12 July 2017
  • News
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Saudi Arabia must not deport Sudanese prisoners of conscience

The Saudi Arabian authorities must not forcibly return three Sudanese activists to Sudan where there is a real risk they could be imprisoned and face torture and other ill-treatment, said Amnesty International. Elgassim Seed Ahmed, Elwaleed Imam and Alaa Aldin al-Difana were initially arrested by the Saudi Arabian authorities in December 2016. They appear to have been detained at the request of the Sudanese authorities in relation to posts on social media expressing support for civil disobedience protests in Sudan late last year.

Date:
10 July 2017
  • Research
  • Middle East and North Africa

Saudi Arabia’s new Crown Prince: Actions speak louder than words – release prisoners of conscience

Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud should use his new authority as Crown Prince to match his words with actions and demonstrate his commitment to human rights, said Amnesty International. As a first step, he and other Saudi Arabian authorities should release detained human rights defenders and other prisoners of conscience held solely on account of their peaceful exercise of their right to freedom of expression, association and assembly.

Date:
30 June 2017
Ref:
MDE 23/6644/2017
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  • Qatar
  • Discrimination

Gulf / Qatar dispute: Human dignity trampled and families facing uncertainty as sinister deadline passes

Thousands of people in the Gulf face the prospect of their lives being further disrupted and their families torn apart as new arbitrary measures announced by Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the context of their dispute with Qatar are due to come into force from today, said Amnesty International. The three Gulf states had given their citizens the deadline of 19 June to leave Qatar and return to their respective countries or face fines and other unspecified consequences.

Date:
19 June 2017
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  • Saudi Arabia
  • Detention

Our father is brave, we wait for him with hope in our hearts

Saudi Arabian blogger Raif Badawi was detained on 17 June 2012 and sentenced in 2014 to 10 years in prison for creating an online forum for public debate and accusations that he insulted Islam. He was also sentenced to a cruel and inhuman punishment of 1,000 lashes, and on 9 January 2015 he received the first 50 of these in a public square in Jeddah. Raif’s children have not seen their father for many years.

Date:
17 June 2017