Advocacy / Saudi Arabia

Saudi authorities silence human rights defenders with increasingly long prison sentences

September 20, 2022

People standing up for human rights in Saudi Arabia face increasingly lengthy prison sentences, including decades of arbitrary detention for expressing their views on social media, Right Livelihood warned the UN Human Rights Council in a joint statement with ALQST for Human Rights and MENA Rights Group on Monday.

Joint Statement: President Biden's visit has a negative impact on human rights movement in the MENA region

September 01, 2022

The human rights movement in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region has paid a heavy price for the unlimited and unconditional support provided by the United Kingdom and United States to repressive governments across the region. The recent visit of US President Joe Biden has reinforced the practice of international relations that prioritises political and economic interests when dealing with repressive governments while turning a blind eye to human rights abuses at the expense of human rights defenders and prisoners of conscience.

Saudi authorities must release women’s rights activist Salma al-Shehab

August 29, 2022

Following the sentencing of Saudi women's rights activist and academic Salma al-Shehab to 34 years in prison as a result of her activity on Twitter, MENA Rights Group joins 34 other organisations calling for sustained international pressure on Saudi Arabia to immediately and unconditionally release al-Shehab.

Joint letter calling on US President Biden to secure real progress on human rights ahead of possible visit to Saudi Arabia

June 09, 2022

Given numerous media reports that US President Biden will imminently visit Saudi Arabia and meet with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, 13 organizations write to express their deep concerns and urge the Biden administration to secure genuine progress on human rights with the Saudi State, which routinely and callously abuses the rights of its own citizens, as well as others around the world.

Saudi Arabia: Free social media activist Dr. Lina Alsharif

June 03, 2022

The undersigned human rights organisations call on the Saudi authorities to immediately and unconditionally release Dr. Lina Alsharif, who has been arbitrarily detained in Saudi Arabia for over a year as a result of her social media activism. On 11 May 2022, Dr. Alsharif marked her 34th birthday in Al-Ha'ir prison in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Letter to Alphabet Shareholders: Vote YES to Uphold Google’s Human Rights Commitments

May 30, 2022

Open letter urging Alphabet shareholders to use their vote at the upcoming Annual General Meeting on June 1, 2022, to ensure that Alphabet upholds basic human rights principles before it proceeds with its cloud region plan in Saudi Arabia.

Joint statement: Rights groups call for the release of Waleed Abu al-Khair on the eighth anniversary of his arrest

April 15, 2022

Today, April 15, marks the eighth anniversary of the arrest of Saudi human rights defender Waleed Abu al-Khair, who is serving a 15-year prison sentence on charges related to his legitimate human rights activities. Right Livelihood, ALQST for Human Rights, MENA Rights Group, and Democracy for the Arab World Now urge the Saudi authorities to immediately release him and all human rights defenders detained solely for exercising their rights to freedom of expression, freedom of association, and freedom of peaceful assembly.

Don’t sportswash human rights abuses in Saudi Arabia and the UAE: NGOs write to Formula One CEO ahead of Grand Prix

December 02, 2021

In a joint letter, 16 human rights organisations call on the CEO of Formula One Group to end sportswashing ahead of the Grand Prix that will take place in Saudi Arabia and the UAE in December 2021 and, instead, to use this event as a platform to highlight human rights violations perpetrated by these regimes.

US Congress: Block the Biden administration's $650 million arms sale to Saudi Arabia

November 29, 2021

In a joint-letter signed by 46 organisations, MENA Rights Group joins a coalition of NGOs calling on the US Congress to oppose the Biden administration's plan to sell air-to-air missiles and hundreds of missile launders to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. According to the undersigned NGOs, the sale of such weapons to Saudi Arabia would violate existing laws that prohibit the United States from providing arms and security assistance to gross human rights violators and those restricting access to humanitarian assistance.

Killing of jailed reformer Musa al-Qarni highlights use of torture in Saudi prisons

October 19, 2021

On October 19, 2021, ALQST for Human Rights, DAWN and MENA Rights Group expressed their shock over the brutal murder of Saudi dissident Musa al-Qarni in Dhahban prison.