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Saudi Arabia: Human rights defenders arrested amid wave of arrests, as ban on women driving lifted

2017-09-27

The Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) has received alarming reports about a wave of arrests of writers, academics, on-line activists, and clerics in Saudi Arabia this month. These arrests are characterised…

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Saudi Arabia: Two human rights defenders arrested after being sentenced to prison

2017-09-18

Saudi authorities have arrested human rights defenders Issa Al-Hamid and Abdulaziz Al-Shubaili, both members of the Civil and Political Rights Association in Saudi Arabia (ACPRA). Reports received by…

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Saudi Arabia: Human rights defenders brought to trial for protesting violations

2017-09-11

In August, human rights defenders Issa Al-Nukhaifi and Essam Koshak were brought to court over their human rights activities, where they learned of charges against them. They remain at Al-Ha'ir…

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Saudi Arabia: Appeals Court upholds 8-year prison sentence against human rights defender Abdulaziz Al-Shubaili

2017-08-16

On 14 August 2017, human rights defender Abdulaziz Al-Shubaili, a member of the Civil and Political Rights Association in Saudi Arabia (ACPRA), received news that the Specialised Criminal Court of Appeal…

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Saudi Arabia: Human rights defender Omar Al-Hamid sentenced to three years in prison

2017-08-11

Saudi human rights defender Omar Al-Hamid has been sentenced to three years in prison under the Anti-Cyber Crime Law, following a hearing on 08 August 2017 by the Specialised Criminal Court (SCC) in Riyadh.…

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Saudi Arabia: Human rights defender Mariam Al-Otaibi released from prison despite defying guardianship system

2017-08-01

On 31 July 2017, Saudi woman human rights defender Mariam Al-Otaibi was released from prison after more than 100 days. She immediately said in a tweet, “You can accomplish what your mind has prepared…

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