Articles for Saudi Arabia

Mr. Mahmood Hamid Qaid AL BROUSHI, a young Yemeni detained in Saudi Arabia, is still being held in Dhahban prison in Jeddah and is denied any contact with the outside world, was informed Alkarama from its sources. 

On 23 January 2024, Alkarama adressed to the UN Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial Executions about developments concerning the deceased Yemeni businessman, Abdulsamed Esmail Mohammed Salem (Al Mohammadi), about whom the Fourth Saudi Criminal Court in the Jazan region ordered the closure of the criminal proceedings acquitting him of all charges.

During its 97th session held from 28 August to 1 September 2023, the United Nations (UN) Working Group on Arbitrary Detention issued its Opinion No. 56/2023 concerning Dr. Salman Alodah and his brother Mr.

The United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention has issued its Opinion No.

Following a complaint filed by Alkarama, the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention issued its Opinion No. 26/2023 regarding Dr Safar bin Abdulrahman Al Hawali, concluding that his deprivation of liberty was arbitrary and in violation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. 

Alkarama has learned that the Yemeni pilgrim, Abdulrab Mansoor Moqbel Ahmed GEHAM, who forcibly disappeared in Saudi Arabia recently reappeared in Abha prison in southwestern Saudi Arabia. It is only recently that he was allowed to contact his family for the first time since his arrest by Saudi security forces at the Al-Wadia border crossing last April. 

Several United Nations (UN) human rights experts have urged Saudi Arabia to immediately revoke the death penalty handed down to Mohammed Al Ghamdi, a retired teacher, for his tweets and activism on YouTube. This was expressed in a statement issued by the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, and the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention. 

On 12 September 2023, Alkarama urgently submitted the case of Yemeni citizen Abdulrab Mansoor Moqbel Ahmed GEHAM, who was arrested on 12 April 2023 by Saudi security forces at the Al Wadea border crossing, to the UN Working Group on Enforced Disappearance

Disappeared following arrest 

On August 7, 2023, Alkarama addressed the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD) regarding the case of Mr. Mohsen Saleh Nasser AL AWLAKI, a Yemeni national, arrested in Saudi Arabia on May 26, 2021 by the police under the pretext of being a disciple of Nasser Muhammad Al-Yamani, the latter claiming to be the "Mahdi" – an eschatological figure who will come at the end of time to restore religion and justice.

On 17 July 2023, Alkarama submitted its alternative report to Saudi Arabia's upcoming Universal Periodic Review (UPR). In the course of 2024, Saudi Arabia will be reviewed for the fourth time in the context of the Universal Periodic Review by the Human Rights Council