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October 20, 2018 • Press Release

Saudi Arabia: Independent investigation into Jamal Khashoggi’s death is urgently needed

Responding to the Saudi public prosecution’s investigation findings revealing that Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi died after a ‘fist-fight’ inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Samah Hadid, Amnesty International’s Middle East director of campaigns said: “We are shocked and saddened by the dreadful news confirming the death of Jamal Khashoggi inside the Saudi consulate. The investigation findings …

August 22, 2018 • Press Release

Saudi Arabia: Outrageous ongoing detention of women’s rights defenders reaches 100 days

The ongoing arbitrary detention of several women’s rights defenders in Saudi Arabia is outrageous, Amnesty International said today, as three prominent activists reach 100 days of being held without charge.

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Saudi Arabia: Appalling plan to execute female activist must be stopped

Responding to news that Saudi Arabia is seeking the death penalty for five individuals who face trial before Saudi Arabia’s counter-terror court, including Israa al-Ghomgham, who would be the first woman ever to face the death penalty simply for participating in protests, Samah Hadid, Amnesty International’s Middle East Director of Campaigns, said:

August 6, 2018 • Press Release

Saudi Arabia: International community must speak up for human rights defenders after Canadian ambassador expelled

The international community must speak up for detained human rights defenders in Saudi Arabia, Amnesty International said today, after the Canadian ambassador to the country was expelled after calling for their release. “The international community must push Saudi Arabian authorities to end this draconian crackdown and targeted repression of human rights defenders in the country”, said …

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Urgent Action: Qatari National Arbitrarily Held Incommunicado (Saudi Arabia UA: 114.18)

Qatari national Nawaf al-Rasheed was arbitrarily arrested in Kuwait and has been detained incommunicado in Saudi Arabia since 12 May.

June 1, 2018 • Press Release

Saudi Arabia: International community cannot afford to remain silent about detained women’s rights activists

The international community and allies of the Saudi Arabian government must speak up to help secure the immediate and unconditional release of the women’s rights defenders currently detained in Saudi Arabia, Amnesty International said today. More than two weeks have now passed since a number of prominent women’s rights activists, including Loujain al-Hathloul, Iman al-Nafjan …

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Urgent Action: Saudi Arabia Arrests Women’s Rights Defenders (Saudi Arabia: UA 105.18)

Prominent women human rights defenders Loujain al-Hathloul, Iman al-Nafjan and Aziza al-Yousef have been arbitrarily detained incommunicado since mid-May.

May 23, 2018 • Press Release

Saudi Arabia: More activists arrested in continuing crackdown

Saudi Arabia: More activists arrested in continuing crackdown Responding to news reports that more people have been detained in Saudi Arabia – bringing to 11 the number imprisoned since last week – Samah Hadid, Amnesty International’s Middle East Director of Campaigns, said: “Amnesty International is extremely concerned following reports that yet more individuals and activists …

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Urgent Action: Sudanese Activist at Imminent Risk of Deportation (Saudi Arabia: UA 60.18)

Sudanese political activist Husham Ali is at imminent risk of being deported from Saudi Arabia to Sudan, where he would be at serious risk of torture and other ill-treatment. He is a prisoner of conscience.

March 26, 2018 • Press Release

Yemen: Huthi missile attack on Saudi Arabian cities is a possible war crime

Responding to reports that the Huthi armed group in Yemen fired seven ballistic missiles at airports in Riyadh and other Saudi Arabian cities overnight on Sunday, killing one civilian, Samah Hadid, Middle East Deputy Director for Campaigns at Amnesty International, said: “Launching indiscriminate attacks is prohibited by international humanitarian law and can constitute a war …