Analysing the UPR of Saudi Arabia: New Recommendations and Foreseeable Developments – Freedom Of Expression (Part One)

On 22 January 2024, Saudi Arabia received a review of its human rights record in the country’s fourth Universal Periodic Review (UPR). This mechanism is characterised by a peer review by other UN member states suggesting how to improve the respect of human rights in light of the country’s international obligations. The government has received[…]

On the 10th anniversary of the establishment of ACPRA, NGOs jointly call on Saudi authorities to release all detained members

On October 12, 2019, which marks the 10th anniversary of the founding of the Saudi Association for Civil and Political Rights (ACPRA), the undersigned organisations call on Saudi authorities to immediately and unconditionally release all detained ACPRA members. Created in 2009 by 11 human rights defenders and academics, ACPRA was established to promote and protect[…]

Joint Statement: Saudi Arabia Must Unconditionally Drop All Charges Against Detained Women Human Rights Defenders

**Update 13 March 2019 – A tweet from Loujain Al-Hathloul’s brother has indicated that her case has been transferred from the Specialized Criminal Court to the Criminal Court for trial. Members of the Free Saudi Women Coalition – including Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain (ADHRB) – have been advocating for the immediate[…]

UPDATED: Saudi prosecutor seeks the death penalty for Israa al-Ghomgham, accused of peaceful demonstration

**Updated 30 October 2018 – Reports are saying that Israa al-Ghomgham was not brought to court for her second hearing on 28 October in front of the Specialized Criminal Court (SCC). The hearing has been adjourned until 21 November 2018 and she remains held in the Dammam General Intelligence Prison.  On 21 August, the public prosecutor[…]

A Review of the Rapporteur on Countering Terrorism’s Visit to Saudi Arabia

From 30 April to 4 May 2017, Ben Emmerson, the former United Nations Special Rapporteur on promoting and protecting human rights while countering terrorism, undertook an official country visit to Saudi Arabia. Upon the conclusion of his visit, he criticized Saudi Arabia’s counter-terror framework as overly restrictive and vague – a mechanism that allows authorities[…]