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November 19, 2020 • Press Release

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 empowerment features prominently on Saudi Arabia’s G20 Agenda, despite the fact the activists who spearheaded campaigns for women’s rights are languishing in jail or …

October 2, 2020 • Press Release

Image of Jamal Khashoggi Projected on the Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Washington, D.C. and other locations on Second Anniversary of his Assassination

Today, Freedom First, in partnership with Amnesty International USA, covertly projected giant images of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi on the facade of the Embassy of Saudi Arabia and other …

September 16, 2020 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Update: 10 Month Sentence for Yemeni LGBTI Rights Defender (Saudi Arabia: UA 110.20)

Yemeni LGBTI rights defender Mohamed al-Bokari who has been detained in Malaz Prison in Saudi Arabia’s capital Riyadh since 8 April 2020, attended his first trial session on 20 July. Al-Bokari was charged with violating public morality, promoting homosexuality online and imitating women. He was sentenced to 10 months in prison after which he is to be deported back to his home country, Yemen, where his life is at risk by armed groups. He has had no legal representation throughout his detention and trial.

May 14, 2020 • Press Release

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 years after they were detained. On May 15, 2018, a number of prominent Saudi women’s human rights activists were arrested. They had been peacefully advocating for years for the right of women in the kingdom to drive, as well as broader reforms related to the repressive male guardianship system.

May 6, 2020 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Update: Women Human Rights Defenders Remain on Trial (Saudi Arabia: UA 105.18)

Eight of the eleven activists have been temporarily released but remain on trial for their human rights activism. Activists Loujain al-Hathloul, Nouf Abdulaziz and Maya’a al-Zahrani remain in detention. Despite the temporary release of eight activists, the 11 activists remain at risk of being sentenced to prison for their human rights work.

April 24, 2020 • Press Release

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 in Saudi Arabia, Lynn Maalouf, Amnesty International’s Middle East Research Director, said:

April 17, 2020 • Press Release

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 coma and in critical condition, Amnesty International said today. Dr …

April 3, 2020 • Urgent Action

Urgent Action Update: Palestinian Men Face Unfair Trial (Saudi Arabia: UA 172.19)

On 8 March 2020, 81-year-old Palestinian national Dr. Mohammed al-Khudari and his son Dr. Hani al-Khudari (48 years old) were brought before the Specialized Criminal Court (SCC), Saudi Arabia’s counter-terror court, in a mass trial on trumped-up charges under the counter-terror law. They have no legal representation. Dr. Mohammed al-Khudari requires adequate medical attention and treatment for cancer.

January 31, 2020 • Press Release

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, a Saudi Arabian state-owned cargo ship that has previously ferried tens of millions of dollars’ worth of arms to fuel the war in Yemen, Amnesty International said today.

January 13, 2020 • Press Release

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 hosts to whitewash their dire human rights record, Amnesty International said.