SAUDI ARABIA
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Saudi women's rights campaigner arrested, activists report
November 1, 2014
Saudi Arabian rights activists on Saturday said that authorities had arrested Suad al-Shamari, a prominent women's rights advocate, for insulting Islam. The arrest, they said, was part of an effort to eliminate dissent. Suad al-Shamari is a founder of the Saudi Liberal Network, a liberal human righ....... [more]

Saudi Arabia court sentences 3 lawyers for criticizing judiciary
October 28, 2014
A court in Saudi Arabia on Monday sentenced three lawyers to between five and eight years in prison for criticizing the justice system on the social networking website Twitter by accusing authorities of carrying out arbitrary detentions. The Saudi Press Agency reported that the lawyers were each con....... [more]

Saudi Arabia sentences cleric to death
October 16, 2014
Shiite muslim cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr was convicted Wednesday of sedition and other charges in Saudi Arabia's Specialized Criminal Court and sentenced to death, raising fears of unrest from his supporters in neighboring Bahrain. Al-Nimr has been a vocal critic of the majority Sunni government in....... [more]

Rights group condemns Saudi Arabia persecution of activists
October 10, 2014
Saudi Arabia is persecuting rights activists and silencing government critics, according to a report issued Friday by Amnesty International (AI). According to AI, members of the Saudi Civil and Political Rights Association (ACPRA) have been persecuted since the Arab Spring in 2011. The Saudi Arabia....... [more]

ICC asks Saudi Arabia to arrest al-Bashir in Mecca
October 6, 2014
The International Criminal Court (ICC) issued an order last week asking authorities in Saudi Arabia to arrest Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir while he is on pilgrimage in Mecca currently. The order came in response to an urgent request from the ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda on Wednesday ask....... [more]

US provides legal justification for Syrian airstrikes
September 24, 2014
The US government on Tuesday insisted in a letter to the UN that the American-led airstrikes in Syria against the Islamic State (IS) were legally justified because actions were taken in defense of Iraq. The US, with the support of Bahrain, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar, le....... [more]

Saudi Arabia clerics condemn terrorism
September 17, 2014
Saudi Arabia's top clerical council on Wednesday issued a statement calling terrorism a "heinous crime" under Sharia and saying that clerics who issue religious edicts justifying terrorism should be tried in court. It also stated that it supports the kingdom's efforts to find and punish followers of....... [more]

UN rights experts urge Saudi Arabia to place moratorium on executions
September 10, 2014
Two experts from the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) urged Saudi Arabia on Tuesday to implement an immediate moratorium on the death penalty following an increase in executions, with a significant number of the executions completed by beheading. The experts include the sp....... [more]

Saudi court sentences 24 for terrorist activity
September 4, 2014
A Saudi Arabian court on Wednesday sentenced 24 individuals to prison for conspiring to attack Saudi Arabia. Of the group, one is an US national and one is Yemeni, and the rest are Saudi. While details of their arrest were not disclosed, the men were charged with creating a terrorist cell and planni....... [more]

Kuwait top court upholds 10-year sentence for Twitter user
July 23, 2014
Kuwait's Supreme Court on Monday upheld a 10-year jail sentence for a man accused of posting Tweets that insulted the Prophet Mohammed and the Sunni Muslim rulers of Saudi Arabia and Bahrain. Hamad al-Naqi, a 24-year-old member of Kuwait's Shiite minority, was also found guilty of spreading false ne....... [more]

UN rights chief deeply concerned over arrests of Saudi Arabia activists
July 11, 2014
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navy Pillay on Thursday expressed deep concern over the harsh sentences and detention of peaceful human rights advocates in Saudi Arabia in recent months. In particular, Pillay expressed concern over the sentence imposed upon Saudi human rights activist and lawy....... [more]




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