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(L-R) Nassima Al Sadah, Samar Badawi and Yasser Al Ayyaf


(Geneva, August 9, 2018) – On August 6, 2018, Alkarama submitted the cases of four Saudi human rights defenders and campaigners to the United Nations Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances (WGEID).

Four years ago, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, eleven human rights activists founded the Saudi association for civil and political rights (ACPRA) , an independent human rights organization focusing on the immense issue of arbitrary detention in the kingdom.

Abdelkarim Al Hawaj (L) and Mounir Aal Adam (R)


(Geneva, July 31, 2018) – On July 25, 2018, Alkarama requested the intervention of the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD) in the cases of two Saudi nationals sentenced to death for exercising their rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly in trials that did not meet fair trial guarantees.

Saudi Arabia
Alkarama Person of contact for country
Julia Legner, Email: j.legner - at - alkarama -dot- org , Twitter : @JuliaLegner
Our concerns
  • Consistent pattern of torture and arbitrary detention, including prolonged detention without any legal basis;
  • Abusive counter-terrorism measures and heavily flawed trials before the Specialised Criminal Court, often leading to the imposition of the death penalty;
  • Severe crackdown on freedom of expression and arbitrary detention of peaceful dissidents, including human rights defenders;
  • Grave violations of international humanitarian and human rights law in Yemen.


Human Rights Instruments
International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR)
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Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment (UNCAT)
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OPCAT (National Preventive Mechanism) Ratified ?
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International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance (ICPPED)
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Human Rights Council
Date last Universal Period Review (UPR)
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Term expires in 2019

National Human Rights Institution
Accreditation with the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions (GANHRI)