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Saudi Arabia detains prominent human rights lawyer
April 17, 2014
Notable human rights lawyer Waleed Abu al-Khair was was taken into custody in Saudi Arabia Tuesday after a hearing at the Specialized Criminal Court in Riyadh. Abu al-Khair, founder and chief of the human rights group Saudi Arabia Monitor of Human Rights, faces charges that include inciting public o....... [more]

Guantanamo detainee requests release on declining health
April 8, 2014
Lawyers for Shaker Aamer, a Saudi citizen and former UK resident detained at Guantanamo Bay, asked a federal judge on Monday to release him on the grounds that he is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and other illnesses. The motion for release claims that "Mr. Aamer's mental and physic....... [more]

Citing "Terrorism" to Ignore Due Process in Saudi Arabia
February 22, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Adam Coogle of Human Rights Watch discusses Saudi Arabia's new terrorism law...Saudi Arabia's new terrorism law might look like a step forward, if only because it's written down. Saudi Arabia is one of the few countries with no written criminal penal code, and the penal regula....... [more]

Guantanamo detainee pleads guilty to 2002 Yemen attack
February 21, 2014
Saudi Guantanamo Bay prisoner Ahmed Muhammed Haza al Darbi on Thursday pleaded guilty to involvement in terrorism-related activities, including the 2002 al Qaeda plot to blow up oil tankers near Yemen. Had al Darbi gone to trial, he faced a potential sentence of life imprisonment. However, the plea....... [more]

Military trial delayed so Guantanamo prisoner may fire his attorney
February 17, 2014
Colonel James Pohl recessed the first military commission session of the year on Monday because Saudi prisoner Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri may want to fire his lawyer. Nashiri faces terror charges in connection with the al Qaeda attack on the USS Cole in 2000, which killed 17 American service members. T....... [more]

AI: new Saudi Arabia antiterrorism law will worsen human rights violations
February 4, 2014
Amnesty International (AI) on Monday criticized a recently enacted Saudi Arabian counterterrorism law that it claims will entrench existing patterns of human rights violations. "This disturbing new law confirms our worst fears," said Said Boumedouha, AI's Middle East and North Africa Program Deputy....... [more]

Saudi Arabia king ratifies counterterrorism law
February 2, 2014
Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz ratified a new counterterrorism law that goes into effect Sunday in the Arab nation, drawing criticism from human rights groups who argue the law unduly restricts free speech. The law is composed of 41 articles, and it states that any act which undermines t....... [more]

Rights group welcomes Lithuania ruling allowing secret prison investigation
January 30, 2014
Amnesty International (AI) on Wednesday applauded the Lithuanian Vilnius Regional Court ruling that Saudi Arabian national Mustafa al-Hawsawi has a right to investigate his alleged torture in a secret Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) detention center. AI called the decision a victory for accountabi....... [more]

Saudi Arabia court hands down death sentence for 2004 bombing
January 13, 2014
A Saudi Arabian court on Sunday sentenced to death a member of an extremist group convicted of producing explosives used in a May 2004 suicide attack on a western company operating in Saudi Arabia's northwestern port city of Yanbu. According to reports, the court also handed down sentences ranging f....... [more]

HRW: Saudi Arabia should reject counterterrorism law
December 31, 2013
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Tuesday urged King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia to reject the country's recently-passed counterterrorism law. HRW alleged that the law's definition of terrorism is overly broad, and will impose unfair restrictions on free speech and unduly criminalize any speec....... [more]

Saudi Arabia court sentences rights activist to 4 years in prison, 300 lashes
December 16, 2013
A court in Saudi Arabia on Sunday sentenced political activist Omar al-Saeed to four years in prison and 300 lashes for urging Saudi Arabia to become a constitutional monarchy. Al-Saeed is the fourth member of the pro-democracy group Saudi Civil and Political Rights Association (ACPRA) to be impriso....... [more]




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