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Repression of the rights to freedom of expression, association and assembly intensified. Among those harassed, arbitrarily detained, prosecuted and/or jailed were government critics, women’s rights activists, human rights defenders, relatives of activists, journalists, members of the Shi’a minority...
Saudi Arabia Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Saudi Arabia: Ten Years After His Arbitrary Arrest, NGOs Call for Saudi Human Rights Defender Waleed Abu Al-Khair to Be Released

Monday, 15 April 2024 marks the tenth anniversary of the arrest of Saudi human rights defender Waleed Abu al-Khair, who is serving a 15-year prison sentence as a result of his peaceful human rights activism. He has repeatedly been ill-treated in prison, including being denied vital medical care....
Middle East and North Africa Censorship and Freedom of Expression

Saudi Arabia: New assault on freedom of expression, thought and belief as Saudi authorities put football fans on trial for chants

The undersigned organisations condemn the arrest and prosecution of supporters of Al Safa Football Club (Al Safa FC) under Saudi Arabia’s notorious Anti-Cybercrime Law for chants at a recent match, which the authorities deemed “sectarian”. This act of repression – curtailing the right to free...
Saudi Arabia Censorship and Freedom of Expression

Saudi Arabia: Manifesto for Repression: Saudi Arabia’s Forthcoming Penal Code Must Uphold Human Rights in Line with International Law and Standards

Amnesty International’s analysis of an alleged leaked draft of the penal code shows how it codifies existing repressive practices that have allowed for the imprisonment of dissidents, as well as inhumane practices such as the death penalty. The draft code criminalizes acts of speech that are...
Saudi Arabia Censorship and Freedom of Expression

Saudi Arabia: On International Women’s Day, Civil Society Organizations Renew their Call on Saudi Authorities to Release Jailed Women’s Rights Activists

On International Women’s Day, the undersigned organizations renew their call on Saudi Arabian authorities to release all women human rights defenders (WHRDs), women’s rights activists and their supporters who are detained in contravention of international human rights standards. The organizations...
Middle East and North Africa Censorship and Freedom of Expression

Saudi Arabia: Eliminating dissent: Amnesty International’s submission to the 45th session of the UPR Working Group, January-February 2024

This submission was prepared for the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Saudi Arabia in January-February 2024. In it, Amnesty International evaluates the implementation of recommendations made to Saudi Arabia in its previous review, including in relation to freedom of expression, association and...