HRC31 Adopts Resolution on Human Rights in the Context of Peaceful Protests

24 March 2016 – Geneva – Today, an important resolution has been adopted during the 31st session of the Human Rights Council. This resolution, sponsored by Switzerland, Costa Rica and Turkey, refers to the “Promotion and Protection of Human Rights in the Context of Peaceful Protests”. It encourages States to take positive measures to promote[…]

Saudi Arabia: execution announcement raises concern over fate of three young activists

On 11 March 2016, the Saudi news website Okaz published an article stating that four “terrorists” would be imminently executed. The article states that 13 judges have approved the death sentences at all stages of the appeal process for all four individuals. It goes on to claim that Saudi courts convicted the four individuals of[…]

UN Special Procedures release Joint Communications Report for HRC31

The Special Procedures of the United Nations Human Rights Council released the 13th iteration of their joint communications report on Thursday, February 25, 2016, documenting allegations of human rights abuses from around the world. In the most recent edition of the report, the Special Procedures singled out Bahrain and Saudi Arabia as among the worst[…]