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Global: FIFA Must Protect Human Rights by Securing Binding Safeguards from 2030 and 2034 World Cup Bidders – New Report

FIFA must rigorously and transparently ensure that bids to host the 2030 and 2034 men’s World Cup tournaments fully safeguard human rights and reject any offer that risks abuses once again tainting the world’s largest sporting event.

June 5, 2024

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FIFA Sponsorship Deal with Saudi Aramco Covering World Cups Raises Human Rights Concerns

World football could be dogged by human rights violations unless action is taken to address Saudi Arabia's atrocious human rights record.

April 26, 2024

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Saudi Arabia: Repressive Draft Penal Code Shatters Illusions of Progress and Reform 

Amnesty International's analysis of the leaked draft code reveals it is essentially a manifesto for repression that would entrench human rights violations and suppress freedoms.

March 19, 2024

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Manifesto for Repression: Saudi Arabia’s Forthcoming Penal Code Must Uphold Human Rights in Line with International Law and Standards

Amnesty International analyzed a leaked version of the draft penal code, and it does not protect human rights, but rather codifies and entrenches existing problematic judicial practices.

March 19, 2024

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Amnesty Calls for VC Firms to Conduct Human Rights Due Diligence on Investments from Saudi Public Investment Fund

Amnesty International reiterated its call for leading venture capital firms to respect human rights and conduct human rights due diligence on their investments and investors

April 27, 2023

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53 Groups Urge Passage of Senate 502B Resolution on Saudi Arabia

Civil society reporting and successive State Department Country Reports on Human Rights Practices mandated under Section 502B have recorded widespread human rights abuses by the government of Saudi Arabia.

April 4, 2023

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Death Penalty 2021: State-Sanctioned Killings Rise as Executions Spike in Iran and Saudi Arabia

2021 saw a worrying rise in executions and death sentences as some of the world’s most prolific executioners returned to business as usual and courts were unshackled from Covid-19 restrictions, Amnesty International said today in its annual review of the death penalty. 

May 23, 2022

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Uyghur Child Among Four ‘Booked for Deportation’ from Saudi Arabia to China Tonight

Amnesty International has received credible information that Buheliqiemu Abula and her teenage daughter, 13, were made to take tests for Covid-19 today in preparations for their deportation to China. The police told them that they should be prepared to leave the deportation center at 9 pm local time today to board a flight bound for Guangzhou, China.

April 13, 2022

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Uyghur Girl, 13, Among Four ‘Facing Deportation’ and Torture in China

Saudi authorities must immediately release four Uyghurs – including a 13-year-old girl and her mother – who are at grave risk of being taken to repressive internment camps if sent back to China, Amnesty International said today amid fears that deportation plans for the group may already be under way.

April 4, 2022

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Google must halt plans to establish Cloud Region in Saudi Arabia

Amnesty International has today joined with 38 other human rights groups and individuals to call on Google to halt plans to establish a Cloud Region in Saudi Arabia until the company can publicly demonstrate how it will mitigate risks of adverse human rights impacts. “Saudi Arabia has a dismal human rights record, including digital surveillance of dissidents, and is an unsafe country to host the Google Cloud Platform,” said Rasha Abdul Rahim, Director of Amnesty Tech. “In a country where dissidents are arrested, jailed for their expression and tortured for their work - Google’s plan could give the Saudi authorities even greater…

May 25, 2021

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As Biden Ends Support to Conflict in Yemen, Arms Flows Must Also be Stopped

Responding an announcement today from the Biden administration that the United States will cease support to the Saudi/UAE-led coalition engaged in Yemen, Philippe Nassif, the advocacy director for the Middle East and North Africa said:

February 4, 2021

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Abuse of Protesters and Prisoners Highlights Urgent Need to Regulate Torture Tools

The world must act urgently to prohibit the global trade in equipment designed to inflict excruciating pain and injury, Amnesty International and the Omega Research Foundation said today, ahead of a high-level UN meeting on the ‘torture trade’. In a new report, Ending the Torture Trade: The Path to Global Controls on the ‘Tools of Torture’, the organizations also called for controls on standard policing equipment to ensure it does not end up in the hands of abusers. 

December 10, 2020