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Today, Thursday, May 28, 2020, the Saudi authorities released the activist and Yemeni government official, Sayyid Abdul Karim Thuail, who was arrested at Jeddah airport on March 12, 2020.
The Thuail family thanked Alkarama and other organizations, who raised his case and expressed solidarity with them, noting that Mr. Thuail was in fact being held incommunicado in al-Ha'ir prison in Riyadh.

Alkarama sent today an urgent appeal to the United Nations Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances regarding Mr. Abdul Karim Thuail, who was forcibly disappeared by the authorities in Saudi Arabia.
Mr. Abdul Karim Hussein Ali Thuail, 34 years old and the father of a child, is a Yemeni government official and former human rights defender. He was arrested at Jeddah International Airport on 12 March 2020, and disappeared from that moment.

Today, Friday, April 24, 2020, Alkarama informed the United Nations about the death of prominent Saudi human rights defender Dr. Abdullah Al-Hamid "Abu Bilal", calling on it to take a position regarding the fate of an exceptional figure who vowed his life to peacefully work for freedoms, justice, political reform and human rights in Saudi Arabia. .

Saudi Arabia
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.

 

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Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment (UNCAT)
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