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Guantanamo detainee set to be released in June
April 24, 2015
A US government source on Friday revealed that Shaker Aamer, a Saudi citizen Saudi citizen and former UK resident detained at Guantanamo Bay, is expected to be released in June after recent calls from the UK government. Aamer and his counsel had asked a federal judge last week to release him on th....... [more]

Pakistan lawmakers vote against entering Yemen conflict
April 10, 2015
In a unanimous vote on Friday, Pakistani lawmakers passed a resolution to stay out of the conflict in Yemen, despite pleas from Saudi Arabia for aid in the form of warships, aircraft and ground troops. Saudi Arabia is leading the campaign against Shia Houthi rebels in Yemen, and had anticipated ass....... [more]

Amnesty: 'alarming rise' in death sentences in 2014
April 1, 2015
There was an "alarming rise" in death sentences around the world in 2014, Amnesty International (AI) reported Tuesday. AI said there has been a 28 percent rise in death sentences from 2013—at least 2,466 compared to 1,925— and that an increased number of countries used capital punishment....... [more]

UN rights chief alarmed by rising civilian casualties in Yemen
April 1, 2015
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein expressed concern Tuesday over the rising civilian death toll in Yemen as Saudi-led airstrikes continue. Almasirah TV reported on the latest Saudi airstrike, which attempted to protect the port city of Aden from Shiite rebel forces Wednesda....... [more]

HRW concerned over civilian casualties following airstrikes in Yemen
March 28, 2015
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Saturday expressed concern over civilian casualties resulting from Saudi Arabia-led airstrikes in Yemen's capital, Sanaa. The airstrikes that occurred on March 26th killed between eleven and 34 civilians, including at least two women and two children. HRW reported an inab....... [more]

Bin Laden aide found guilty of US embassy bombings
February 27, 2015
A former aide of Osama Bin Laden has been found guilty on Thursday of plotting the 1998 al-Qaeda bombings of US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania that killed 224 people. Extradited from the UK to the US in 2012, Saudi national Khalid Al-Fawwaz was convicted on four counts of conspiracy by the US Distr....... [more]

Saudi Arabia executes convicted murderer
February 2, 2015
Saudi Arabia officials on Sunday beheaded convicted murderer Abdelrahman al-Jahni, the fifth person to be executed since King Salman took office last month. Saudi Arabia has executed 17 people so far this year, and the number of executions has significantly increased in recent years to reach around....... [more]

Saudi Arabia increases prison sentence for human rights lawyer
January 13, 2015
A Saudi judge on Tuesday sentenced prominent human rights lawyer Walid Abu al-Khair to an additional five years in jail after he refused to show remorse for "showing disrespect" to authorities and creating an unauthorized association. Abu al-Khair is the founder of the watchdog group Monitor of Huma....... [more]

Saudi Arabia women activists arrested for driving transferred to terrorism tribunal
December 25, 2014
A court in Al-Ahsa, Saudi Arabia's eastern province, has ordered that the criminal cases against Loujain Hathloul and Maysaa Alamoudi, two women's rights activists, be transferred to a special tribunal for terrorism in Riyadh. The women were arrested in December while attempting to drive into Saudi....... [more]

Saudi women's rights campaigner arrested, activists report
November 1, 2014
Saudi Arabian rights activists on Saturday said that authorities had arrested Suad al-Shamari, a prominent women's rights advocate, for insulting Islam. The arrest, they said, was part of an effort to eliminate dissent. Suad al-Shamari is a founder of the Saudi Liberal Network, a liberal human righ....... [more]

Saudi Arabia court sentences 3 lawyers for criticizing judiciary
October 28, 2014
A court in Saudi Arabia on Monday sentenced three lawyers to between five and eight years in prison for criticizing the justice system on the social networking website Twitter by accusing authorities of carrying out arbitrary detentions. The Saudi Press Agency reported that the lawyers were each con....... [more]




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