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[…]

ADHRB at HRC38 calls attention to Saudi Arabia’s ongoing discrimination against Shia

On Tuesday 3 July 2018, at the 38th session of United Nations Human Rights Council and during the Item 9 General Debate on the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action, ADHRB’s Advocacy Associate called attention to Saudi Arabia’s continued discrimination against its Shia community, in particular through its use of bogus counter-terror charges to sentenced[…]

HRC37 Intervention on Shia discrimination and executions in Saudi Arabia

On Tuesday 20 March, during the Item 9 General Debate at the UN Human Rights Council, ADHRB’s Saudi Arabia Advocacy Associate delivered an oral intervention on the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action and Saudi Arabia’s discrimination against its religious minorities, in particular its Shia population. The Associate also raised the issue that of the[…]

Trump to Visit Saudi Despite Ongoing Rights Abuses

On 19 May, President Donald Trump is scheduled to arrive in Saudi Arabia for his first overseas trip as president. During his trip, he will also visit Israel, the Vatican, and take part in a NATO meeting in Brussels and the G7 meeting in Sicily. His trip comes amid news that the US government will[…]

ADHRB Condemns Saudi Military Operation in Awamiyah

On Wednesday 10 May, Saudi security forces launched a raid into the Eastern Province city of Awamiyah. The raid is ongoing and has resulted in security forces shooting and killing at least one individual. While Saudi security forces have run military and security operations in Awamiyah several times since 2011, activists say this raid is[…]