News

NGOs call on winners of the Sheikh Zayed Book Award to decline prize
We, the undersigned organisations, write to urge you to decline the Sheikh Zayed Book Award, and withdraw from the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair which will be held from 23 to 29 May 2021.
More rights activists and peaceful critics sentenced in latest Saudi crackdown
Several rights activists and peaceful critics of the Saudi authorities have been handed prison sentences in recent weeks, as part of a renewed crackdown.
Renewed crackdown on Saudi human rights defenders and critics
ALQST for Human Rights and MENA Rights Group condemn the renewed crackdown on human rights defenders and peaceful critics.
Mohammed al-Qahtani contracts COVID-19 amid outbreak in al-Ha’ir Prison
Imprisoned human rights defender Mohammed al-Qahtani has become infected with COVID-19. He has been denied any contact with the outside world since 7 April 2021.
Humanitarian worker Abdulrahman al-Sadhan sentenced to 20 years in prison
On 5 April 2021, the Specialised Criminal Court (SCC) in Riyadh sentenced humanitarian worker and activist Abdulrahman al-Sadhan to 20 years in prison.
Two years since the mass arrest of April 2019, more than a dozen writers and activists remain facing trial
Two years since the mass arrest of more than a dozen writers and activists, the individuals have been temporarily released but remain facing trial.

Reports

Torture in Saudi Arabia - Impunity Reigns
The report, by ALQST for Human Rights in cooperation with the Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR), presents a detailed investigation into torture in Saudi Arabia.
Abuses Under Scrutiny: Human Rights in Saudi Arabia
ALQST's latest annual report documents and discusses key human rights developments in Saudi Arabia throughout 2020.
ALQST 2019 Annual Report shows severity of human rights situation in Saudi Arabia
Annual report issued by ALQST in the first quarter of each year, monitoring and documenting the main events of the previous year.
Report of the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions: “Investigation into the unlawful death of Mr Jamal Khashoggi”
On 2 October 2018, the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to obtain papers he needed to get married.

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