Ali al-Nimr: A Childhood Denied

In 2014, a Saudi Arabian court ordered the execution of Ali al-Nimr. Despite wide-spread criticism, including from the UN, the kingdom claims it only executes the “most serious criminals.” Ali was a minor—17-years-old—when authorities arrested him in 2012 for participating in a non-violent demonstration. They kept him in pretrial detention for two years, tortured him[…]

Saudi Executions Continue at an Alarming Rate

On 1 June the Specialized Criminal Court (SCC) of Saudi Arabia handed down 14 death sentences, reportedly the largest mass death sentence in the kingdom’s history. The court also issued nine prison sentences and one acquittal in the trial. All charges were in relation to an alleged attack on police forces in the predominantly Shia Eastern[…]

ADHRB submits written statement on Saudi Arabia to the Human Rights Council

On the occasion of the 31st session of the Human Rights Council, Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain submitted for the official record the following written statement regarding human rights in Saudi Arabia. Please continue reading for the full text, or click here to read a PDF of the written statement. Death Sentences and[…]

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[…]

ADHRB at HRC: Executions in Saudi Arabia

  On March 9, 2016, at the 31st session of the Human Rights Council, Ali Aldubaisi delivered an oral intervention on behalf of ADHRB and the European-Saudi Organization for Human Rights during the Item 3 Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on Summary Executions, in which he raised the issue of executions, particularly the executions[…]