Advocacy / Saudi Arabia

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.

Civil society urges BIE Member States not to vote for Saudi Arabia to host the World Expo 2030

November 22, 2023

A coalition of civil society organisations led by MENA Rights Group urges the Bureau International des Expositions’ Member States not to vote for Saudi Arabia to host the World Expo in 2030 given the Kingdom’s documented and internationally recognised appalling human rights record.

Saudi human rights defender Mohammed al-Qahtani still disappeared after one year

October 24, 2023

Marking 1 year since the forcible disappearance of human rights defender Mohammed al-Qahtani, MENA Rights Group joins civil society organisations in calling on Saudi authorities to clarify his fate and whereabouts, to allow him contact with his family and to release him immediately and unconditionally.

UN Human Rights Council must hold Saudi Arabia accountable for enforced disappearances

September 20, 2023

With Right Livelihood and ALQST for Human Rights, we delivered a joint oral statement during the 54th session of the Human Rights Council to the Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances. In this statement, we raised the case of Saudi human rights defender Mohammed al-Qahtani, who has been forcibly disappeared since October 2022, and called on Saudi Arabia to end its widespread practice of enforced disappearance.

Twitter must ensure user safety as Saudi Arabia issue first death sentence for social media activity

September 15, 2023

MENA Rights Group joins 15 civil society organisations in condemning Saudi Arabia's use of X (formerly Twitter) as a surveillance tool to crack down on free speech and calling on X to respect human rights, including the right to free expression and the right to privacy, and mitigate any adverse human rights impacts linked to the platform's services and products –including protecting users’ safety and even lives, the right to anonymity.

UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention calls for immediate release of Saudi women’s rights activists Salma al-Shehab and Nourah al-Qahtani

July 07, 2023

Following a complaint submitted by ALQST for Human Rights, Democracy for the Arab World, Freedom Initiative, Human Rights Foundation and MENA Rights Group, the UNWGAD issued an Opinion qualifying the detention of Saudi activists Salma al-Shehab and Nourah al-Qahtani as arbitrary and in violation of international human rights standards.

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Civil society urges French President Macron to consider Saudi Arabia's horrific human rights record during Crown Prince's visit to Paris

June 21, 2023

Led by MENA Rights Group, civil society organisations wrote a joint letter to French President Emmanuel Macron amid Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's visit to Paris, urging him to consider the widespread human rights violations occurring in the Kingdom.

Saudi Arabia: Microsoft should suspend data center plans

May 23, 2023

MENA Rights Group joins 17 organisations in urging Microsoft to suspend its plans to invest in a new cloud data center in Saudi Arabia due to the country's record of human rights violations.

Civil society concerned over Saudi Arabia’s attempt to whitewash its human rights record through the World Expo 2030

May 16, 2023

Led by MENA Rights Group, civil society calls on the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) to exclude the candidacy of Saudi Arabia as a potential host for World Expo 2030 on account of its grave and internationally documented and recognised appalling human rights record.