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Loujain al-Hathloul - Women’s rights activist and human rights defender is one of the most outspoken women human rights defenders in Saudi Arabia. She is well-known for her campaigning against the driving ban and the campaign to end the male guardianship system. In 2014, she was detained for 73 days after she attempted to drive into Saudi Arabia from the United Arab Emirates. Loujain al-Hathloul also went on to stand for election in Saudi Arabia in November 2015 – the first time women were allowed to both vote and stand in elections in the state. However, despite finally being recognized as a candidate, her name was never added to the ballot.

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G20 leaders, don’t buy the spin: Saudi Arabia’s real changemakers are in jail

G20 leaders attending this weekend’s virtual summit hosted by Saudi Arabia must take the Saudi authorities to task for their shameless hypocrisy on women’s rights, Amnesty International said today. Women’s…

November 19, 2020

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Anniversary marks two-year detention of women human rights defenders in Saudi Arabia

Amnesty International is calling on King Salman bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia to release several notable women’s rights defenders, two…

May 14, 2020

A prisoner shines a torch from the main ICE detention center in downtown Los Angeles

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Prisoner of Conscience in Saudi Arabia: Dr. Abdullah al-Hamid Dies While in Detention

Responding to news of the death of Dr Abdullah al-Hamid, a prisoner of conscience who passed away while in detention…

April 24, 2020

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Death penalty 2019: Global executions fell by 5%, hitting a 10-year low

Saudi Arabia executed a record number of people in 2019, despite an overall decline in executions worldwide, Amnesty International said…

April 20, 2020

Saudi imprisoned human rights defenders Abdullah al-Hamid, Waleed Abu al-Khair and Mohammad Fahad al-Qahtani (not pictured) receive the Right Livelihood Award
Saudi imprisoned human rights defenders Abdullah al-Hamid, Waleed Abu al-Khair and Mohammad Fahad al-Qahtani (not pictured) receive the Right Livelihood Award represented by Omar al-Qahtani (L), family member of al-Qahtani and the Saudi human rights advocate Yahya Assiri (R), during the Right Livelihood award ceremony at the Vasa Museum in Stockholm, Sweden, on November 23, 2018. (Photo by Meli PETERSSON ELLAFI / TT NEWS AGENCY / AFP) / Sweden OUT (Photo credit should read MELI PETERSSON ELLAFI/AFP via Getty Images)

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Prisoner of conscience in coma still detained in Saudi Arabia during COVID-19 pandemic

The Saudi Arabian authorities must immediately release Dr Abdullah al-Hamid, a prisoner of conscience who remains detained despite being in…

April 17, 2020

22 May 2019, Iran, -: Iranian oil and cargo ships in the Persian Gulf in front of the Strait of Hormus. Almost a third of the world's oil exports are shipped through the Strait of Hormus. Also the Iranian oil, at least until before the beginning of the new American sanctions. (to dpa "For Iranians in the Gulf, US sanctions are worse than war" on 30.05.2019) Photo: Farshid-M. Bina/dpa (Photo by Farshid-M. Bina/picture alliance via Getty Images)

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Saudi Arabian Arms Ship Bahri Yanbu Faces Growing Opposition in European Ports

Lawsuits, protests and other actions are planned in several European ports to oppose this week’s return of the Bahri Yanbu,…

January 31, 2020

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Why Amnesty Will Not Attend Sham C20 Meetings in Saudi Arabia

The global C20 civil society forum hosted this year by Saudi Arabia is a farcical attempt by the new G20…

January 13, 2020

A general manager of Alarab TV, Jamal Khashoggi, looks on during a press conference in the Bahraini capital Manama, on December 15, 2014. The pan-Arab satellite news broadcaster owned by billionaire Saudi businessman Alwaleed bin Talal will go on air February 1, promising to "break the mould" in a crowded field.AFP PHOTO/ MOHAMMED AL-SHAIKH (Photo by MOHAMMED AL-SHAIKH / AFP) (Photo credit should read MOHAMMED AL-SHAIKH/AFP/Getty Images)

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Khashoggi verdict in Saudi Arabia a whitewash

Responding to a Saudi Arabian court’s sentencing of five people to death and three others to prison for the murder of…

December 23, 2019

Members of Human rights NGO Amnesty International hold up portraits of jailed Saudi blogger Raif Badawi and Saudi human rights activist and lawyer Waleed Abu Alkhair as they demonstrate in front of the embassy of Saudi Arabia in Berlin, on January 8, 2016 to ask for their release. Badawi was sentenced to 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes for insulting Islam. / AFP / TOBIAS SCHWARZ (Photo credit should read TOBIAS SCHWARZ/AFP via Getty Images)

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Saudi Arabia Must End Ill-Treatment and Arbitrary Detention of Human Rights Defender, Waleed Abu Al-Khair

Amnesty International has received credible reports that Saudi Arabian prison authorities arbitrarily placed human rights defender and prisoner of conscience…

December 6, 2019

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Categorizing Feminism, Atheism, Homosexuality as Crimes Exposes Saudi Arabia’s Dangerous Intolerance

Responding to an official announcement and a promotional video published by Saudi Arabia’s state security agency which categorizes feminism, homosexuality…

November 12, 2019

A general manager of Alarab TV, Jamal Khashoggi, looks on during a press conference in the Bahraini capital Manama, on December 15, 2014. The pan-Arab satellite news broadcaster owned by billionaire Saudi businessman Alwaleed bin Talal will go on air February 1, promising to "break the mould" in a crowded field.AFP PHOTO/ MOHAMMED AL-SHAIKH (Photo by MOHAMMED AL-SHAIKH / AFP) (Photo credit should read MOHAMMED AL-SHAIKH/AFP/Getty Images)

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One Year After Khashoggi Killing, Saudi Activists Honor His Legacy by Continuing to Fight for Freedom of Expression

One year since the extrajudicial execution of Jamal Khashoggi, Saudi citizens are honoring Khashoggi’s legacy by pursuing the fight for…

October 1, 2019

ISTANBUL, TURKEY - OCTOBER 25: People take part in a candle light vigil to remember journalist Jamal Khashoggi outside the Saudi Arabia consulate on October 25, 2018 in Istanbul, Turkey. Jamal Khashoggi, a U.S. resident and critic of the Saudi regime, went missing after entering the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul on October 2. More than two weeks later Riyadh announced he had been killed accidentally during an altercation with Saudi consulate officials, however as investigations continue new information surfaced, pointing to a brutal and planned murder contradicting previous claims. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

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MEDIA ADVISORY: AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL USA TO MARK ANNIVERSARY OF JAMAL KHASHOGGI KILLING

October 2, 2019 marks one year since Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi Arabian journalist who went into self-exile in the United…

September 20, 2019