Advocacy / Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia: NGOs renew call for lifting of the illegal travel ban on women’s rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul

May 13, 2024

The undersigned organisations call on Saudi Arabia’s authorities to immediately lift the illegal travel ban imposed on woman human rights defender Loujain al-Hathloul. A court-imposed ban on her travelling abroad expired six months ago today, but since then she has been under an arbitrary travel ban with no expiry date, in violation of both international human rights law and the kingdom’s own legislation.

Missing prisoner Mohammed al-Qahtani’s family reject Saudi Human Rights Commission cover-up

May 08, 2024

MENA Rights Group and ALQST for Human Rights call on Saudi authorities to immediately disclose Mohammed al-Qahtani’s whereabouts and to release him, and to stop using the Saudi Human Rights Commission as cover for its rights violations.

Escalating concerns over the lives of minors threatened with death in Saudi Arabia

April 30, 2024

MENA Rights Group joins 30 organizations in expressing grave concerns regarding the death sentence and imminent executions of young men in Saudi Arabia for acts they committed as minors.

Ten years after his arbitrary arrest, NGOs call for Saudi human rights defender Waleed Abu al-Khair to be released

April 15, 2024

Monday, 15 April 2024 marks the tenth anniversary of the arrest of Saudi human rights defender Waleed Abu al-Khair, who is serving a 15-year prison sentence as a result of his peaceful human rights activism. He has repeatedly been ill-treated in prison, including being denied vital medical care.

New assault on freedom of expression, thought and belief as Saudi authorities put football fans on trial for chants

March 27, 2024

MENA Rights Group joins 8 civil society organisations in condemning Saudi authorities' prosecution of football fans for their chants during a recent match under the repressive Anti-Cybercrime Law.

CSOs express deep concern at the systematic human rights violations in Saudi Arabia

March 18, 2024

On March 15, 2024, Right Livelihood, ALQST for Human Rights and MENA Rights Group delivered a joint oral statement before the Human Rights Council (HRC), during the general debate of its 55th session, highlighting the systematic human rights violations committed by Saudi authorities.

Bulgaria should not deport Saudi activist Abdulrahman al-Khalidi and should immediately release him

March 12, 2024

MENA Rights Group joins a coalition of civil society organisations in urging Bulgarian authorities not to deport Abdulrahman al-Khalidi, a Saudi activist currently detained in Bulgaria. The organisations further call on Bulgarian authorities to release him from detention and reconsider his asylum application.

IWD 2024: CSOs renew their call on Saudi authorities to release jailed women’s rights activists

March 08, 2024

On International Women's Day 2024, MENA Rights Group led a coalition of civil society organisations in renewing our call on Saudi authorities to release women human rights defenders, women’s rights activists and their supporters who are detained in contravention of international human rights standards. We further urge the authorities to lift travel bans on any women activists and to abolish the male guardianship system.

Saudi Arabia’s human rights record assessed during its fourth UPR session

January 31, 2024

During its Universal Periodic Review (UPR) on January 22, 2024, Saudi Arabia received 377 recommendations from 136 States on various issues including the right to freedom of expression, the prohibition of torture, and the death penalty. States also used this opportunity to call on the authorities to reform the country’s counter-terrorism framework.

Saudi Human Rights Commission a mere whitewashing tool, say NGOs

November 27, 2023

MENA Rights Group, ALQST for Human Rights and the European Saudi Organisation for Human Rights publish an in-depth report detailing the Saudi Human Rights Commission's role in whitewashing the Kingdom's egregious human rights abuses.