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“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
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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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  • Middle East and North Africa
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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
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  • Middle East and North Africa
  • Death Penalty

Death penalty 2015: Alarming surge in recorded executions sees highest toll in more than 25 years

Dramatic surge in executions globally– highest number recorded by Amnesty International in more than 25 years Three countries – Iran, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia – responsible for almost 90% of all recorded executions For the first time ever, the majority of the world’s countries were abolitionist for all crimes after four more countries abolished the death penalty in 2015 A dramatic global rise in the number of executions recorded in 2015 saw more people put to death than at any point in the last quarter-century.

Date:
6 April 2016
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  • Middle East and North Africa
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Saudi Arabia is failing to meet its obligation to uphold the highest standards in the promotion and protection of human rights as a member of the Human Rights Council: HRC31, Item 4 General Debate

Amnesty International calls on the Human Rights Council, in light of the Saudi Arabian authorities’ unwavering record of committing gross and systematic human rights violations, to hold Saudi Arabia accountable for its failure to live up to the basic requirements of membership of the Council set out in UNGA resolution 60/251.

Date:
15 March 2016
Ref:
MDE 23/3635/2016
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  • Saudi Arabia
  • Death Penalty

Saudi Arabia: Families fear their sons will be executed within 24 hours

The families of three young men arrested after taking part in anti-government protests while under the age of 18, fear their sons are among four people reported to be facing execution tomorrow, Amnesty International said today. The family of Ali al-Nimr expressed fears on social media that he, along with Dawood Hussein al-Marhoon and Abdullah Hasan al-Zaher, is among the prisoners referred to in a government-run newspaper article published today.

Date:
11 March 2016
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  • Saudi Arabia
  • Torture and other ill-treatment

“My heart is exhausted”: A mother’s story of death row in Saudi Arabia

Ali al-Nimr was just 17 when he was arrested on 14 February 2012, a few months after taking part in anti-government rallies in Saudi Arabia. He was sentenced to death, despite being a minor when he was arrested and following a deeply unfair trial based on “confessions” he says were obtained through torture. He now awaits his execution. His mother, Nassra al-Ahmed, tells their story. When I first heard the verdict to execute my little boy, I felt as if a thunderbolt was hitting my head.

Date:
12 February 2016
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  • Saudi Arabia
  • Armed Conflict

Saudi Arabia: King Salman’s first year in power has been a dark year for human rights

King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud’s first year in power has seen the country’s human rights record deteriorate markedly, said Amnesty International on the eve of the first anniversary of his accession to the throne on 23 January 2015. Despite limited improvements in the field of women’s rights, the Saudi Arabian authorities have pursued a ruthless crackdown on all forms of dissent, increased their use of the death penalty and maintained practices that discriminate against the country’s Shi’a Muslim minority.

Date:
22 January 2016
Ref:
MDE 23/3301/2016
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  • Death Penalty

Shia cleric among 47 executed by Saudi Arabia in a single day

Saudi Arabia’s authorities have demonstrated their utter disregard for human rights and life by executing 47 people in a single day, said Amnesty International today. Those put to death earlier today included prominent Shi’a Muslim cleric Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr, who was convicted after a political and grossly unfair trial at the Specialized Criminal Court (SCC). With the exception of the Sheikh and three Shi’a Muslim activists, the others were convicted of involvement with al-Qa’ida.

Date:
2 January 2016
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  • Middle East and North Africa
  • Death Penalty

Saudi Arabia: Execution looms for at least 50 on death row, including Shi’a activists

More than 50 people are at increased risk of imminent execution following reports in national media outlets close to the Saudi Arabian authorities that they will soon be put to death in a single day, warns Amnesty International. The mothers of five Shi’a Muslim activists who are among the prisoners have implored King Salman for clemency, after learning that preparations potentially associated with impending executions have taken place.

Date:
26 November 2015