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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
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  • 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
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  • Juveniles and Human Rights

“Although the distance is painful our hope must persist”

21 March marks Mother’s Day in much of the Arab world, including Saudi Arabia. For the mothers of Abdullah al-Zaher, Dawood al-Marhoon, Ali al-Nimr and Abdulkareem al-Hawaj, four young Saudi Arabian men who were arrested as minors and sentenced to death after grossly unfair trials based on “confessions” they say were extracted under torture, Mother’s Day is a day of heartache. But it is also yet another day of hope and prayer for their sons’ release.

Date:
21 March 2017
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“May you always be the light of my heart and the joy in my soul”: A mother’s birthday tribute to her son facing execution in Saudi Arabia

Today is Ali Al Nimr’s 22nd birthday. It’s also the third birthday he’s spent on death row in Saudi Arabia. Ali was arrested at 17 after taking part in anti-government protests and sentenced to death after a grossly unfair trial based on “confessions” he says were obtained through torture. This is what Nasrah al-Ahmed, Ali’s mum has to share today, on her son’s birthday. … Remembering Ali’s birthday overwhelms me with emotion.

Date:
21 December 2016
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Saudi Arabia: Mass death sentences in ‘spy trial’ a travesty of justice

The condemning of 15 people to death by the Specialized Criminal Court today after a grossly unfair trial is a travesty of justice and a serious violation of human rights, said Amnesty International. The men were among 32 people arrested across Saudi Arabia in 2013 and 2014 who were accused of spying for Iran. Fifteen others were sentenced to prison terms ranging from six months to 25 years and two were acquitted.

Date:
6 December 2016
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Saudi Arabia should be held to account for gross and systematic human rights violations: statement to the UN Human Rights Council

Amnesty International’s written statement to the 32nd session of the UN Human Rights Council (13 June - 1 July 2016). In this submission, Amnesty International provides information on gross and systematic violation of human rights by Saudi Arabia during its membership of the Council, and calls on Members of this Council to be seized of the issue and take steps to hold Saudi Arabia accountable for commission of these violations during its membership.

Date:
30 May 2016
Ref:
MDE 23/4139/2016
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Saudi Arabia: Surge in executions continues as death toll approaches 100

Saudi Arabia will have put to death more than 100 people in the first six months of this year if it continues to carry out executions at its current pace, said Amnesty International today. At least 94 people have been executed so far this year, higher than at the same point last year. At least 158 people were put to death in Saudi Arabia in 2015, the highest recorded figure in the country since 1995. “Executions in Saudi Arabia have been surging dramatically for two years now and this appalling trend shows no sign of slowing,” said James Lynch, Deputy Middle East and North Africa Director at Amnesty International.

Date:
27 May 2016