“Guardians” can use Absher to grant or deny permission for women and children to travel abroad and obtain a passport.
The brutal fashion in which Saudi Arabia ended the lives of 37 men on 23 April evoked disgust from the international community. Not just the executions, but the country’s attempt to control the narrative, must be responded to.
Farhana was detained on 20 February and held since that time in an unknown location. No charges against him have been made public.
Authorities arrested blogger Naif al-Hindas and bloggers and columnists Ali al-Saffar and Redha al-Boori.
The Saudi authorities carried out a new wave of arrests of writers and social media bloggers, including women’s rights advocates.
Al-Qahtani is being held in Al-Ha’ir criminal prison and is serving a 10-year sentence for his non-violent human rights activities.
Saudi authorities must immediately release all journalists from jail and end its censorship of those critical of the kingdom.
Loujain Al-Hathloul, Aziza Al-Yousef and Eman Al-Nafjan will appear before the Specialised Criminal Court.
Not only are these women activists facing prosecution without due process, they’ve also subjected them to severe torture, including by sexual violence and electrocution.
Religious clerics are enlisted to treat those who denounce rights violations or call for reform as “enemies of Islam”.
Netflix’s decision to comply with a censorship request from Saudi Arabia has renewed an ongoing debate about how international companies should respond to politically motivated censorship demands when operating in repressive countries.
GCHR is concerned for the health of Dr. Al-Qahtani in solitary confinement. He is serving a 10-year sentence for his peaceful human rights activities.
“While the world is seeking answers to the savage murder of Jamal Khashoggi, the fate of women and human rights activists in Saudi prisons continues to hang in the balance.”
Israa Al-Ghomgham stands to become the first woman in Saudi Arabia to face capital punishment for human rights activism – one ‘first’ that has received scant media attention.