ADHRB, ESOHR, and Reprieve Submit Joint Submission to Saudi Arabia’s 3rd Cycle Universal Periodic Review

Americans for Democracy and Human Rights in Bahrain (ADHRB) in Cooperation with European Saudi Organisation for Human Rights (ESOHR) and Reprieve put forth a Joint Submission to Saudi Arabia’s 3rd Universal Periodic Review (UPR). This Joint submission concerns the Specialised Criminal Court (SCC) and the death penalty. Since 2011, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has made use of counterterrorism legislation and the death penalty as a political cudgel to silence and punish the exercise of fundamental rights and freedoms. This submission was compiled by reviewing practices of the Specialised Criminal Court (SCC) in five separate trials since 2013,1 resulting in 30 death sentences that have now exhausted all legal appeals and could be carried out imminently, without notice, and in violation of the right to life. It concludes that the Kingdom has acted in breach of its international human rights.

Please find the PDF of the full submission here.