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Important deliberations related to the human rights situation in the country were formulated during the interactive dialogue of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia before the Human Rights Council, which was held on July 4, 2024, at the

On 31 May 2024, Alkarama submitted to the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD) the situation of Bassam AL JALLADI and Mohammed AL WADAEI, two Yemeni nationals arbitrarily detained by the Saudi authorities. 

Bassam AL JALLADI, returned by Yemen to Saudi Arabia 

“The prolonged solitary confinement of religious scholar and critic Safar bin Abdulrahman al-Hawali without trial and necessary accommodations for his disability constituted serious violations, including arbitrary detention and torture or ill-treatment,” said the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in a statement dated 15 May 2024. 

Saudi Arabia
Our concerns
  • Systematic practice of torture and arbitrary detention, including prolonged detention devoid of any legal basis;
  • Abusive counter-terrorism measures and unfair trials before the Specialised Criminal Court, often resulting in the death penalty ;
  • Severe repression of freedom of expression through arrests and arbitrary detention of peaceful dissidents, including human rights defenders;
  • Severe 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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OVERDUE - State party did not submit report on time
International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance (ICPPED)
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Human Rights Council
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2006-2012, 2014-2019

National Human Rights Institution
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