Articles for Saudi Arabia

On October 31, 2017, the Saudi Council of Ministers adopted a new “law on combating crimes of terrorism and its financing”*, replacing the repressive Anti-Terrorism Law of 2014.

On October 5, 2017, the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD) issued an opinion calling for the immediate release of Jaber Al Amri, a Saudi citizen detained since 2014 after publicly criticising the practice of arbitrary detention in the country and advocating for the release of his brother, still detained long after the completion of his sentence.

On October 25, 2017, Alkarama expressed concern over the ongoing clampdown on peaceful dissent in Saudi Arabia while bringing several cases of arbitrary arrests to the attention of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on freedom of expression (SR FREEDEX), David Kaye.

On September 26, 2017, Alkarama requested the urgent action of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, Michel Forst, regarding the cases of two prominent Saudi human rights defenders who have been arrested in retaliation for their peaceful activism.

On August 5, 2017, two officials of the Libyan Ministry of Interior of the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) were extradited from Saudi Arabia to the eastern Libyan city of Tobruk, where they are currently at great risk of being tortured.

Mohammed Husayn Ali Al Khadrawi and Mahmoud Ali Al Bashir Rajb were detained following their arrival in Tobruk, territory of the rivalling Tobruk-based government under General Haftar.

On 26 May 2017, the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD) issued Opinion 10/2017 on the case of Salim Abdullah Hussain Abu Abdullah declaring his detention arbitrary.

Mohammed Husayn Ali Al Khadrawi and Mahmoud Ali Al Bashir Rajb, two officials of the Libyan Ministry of Interior of the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) were arrested on 25 June 2017 at the Jeddah Airport by Saudi security forces. During the following days, at least twenty other Libyan citizens, known for having participated in the revolution against the Gaddafi regime were subjected to the same fate. The men were arrested while they were returning home after having performed the Umrah pilgrimage to Mecca.

In May 2016, the Committee against Torture (CAT) issued its concluding observations for Saudi Arabia in response to its second periodic report on the implementation of the Convention against Torture (UNCAT

As organizations working to protect the rights of children in armed conflict, we are dismayed by your reported decision to “freeze” any new additions of parties to conflict that commit grave violations of children’s rights to the annexes to your 2017 annual report to the United Nations Security Council on children and armed conflict. We urge you to reconsider, and issue an updated list with your report, including all perpetrators responsible for patterns of grave violations against children in 2016.

On 24 May 2017, prominent human rights defender and co-founder of the Union for Human Rights, Mohamed Al Otaibi, was arrested at Doha International Airport while on his way to Norway. On 28 May 2017, he was extradited from Qatar to Saudi Arabia. Al Otaibi had fled to Qatar in March 2017 to escape prosecution for his peaceful activism and seek political asylum in Norway, which had granted him travel documents to allow him to apply for refugee status upon arrival.