Saudi Arabia & Amnesty International

Saudi Arabia (' or incorrectly ', officially known as the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia , commonly known as Saudi Arabia (in American English as   or in British English as ) is the largest state in Western Asia by land area, constituting the bulk of the Arabian Peninsula, and the second-largest in the Arab world, after Algeria. Amnesty International (commonly known as Amnesty and AI) is a non-governmental organisation focused on Human Rights with over 3 million members and supporters around the world. 5.0/5

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Amnesty International reports that the United States has the same level of Political Violence as Saudi Arabia.
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According to Amnesty International, police in Saudi Arabia routinely use torture to extract “confessions.” The accused are held in incommunicado detention until after they have been interrogated and often until after they have confessed. Even then, they are not allowed to discuss their case with visitors. If, in court, a defendant renounces his confession, he is returned to prison for more sessions of “interrogation.” A noteworthy case from 2004 illustrates Saudi practices. The authorities arrested twelve nonviolent dissidents for holding a public gathering in favor of establishing a constitutional monarchy. All twelve confessed, but in court three of them, university professors Abdullah al-Hamid and Matrouok al-Falih and poet Ali al-Damaini, renounced their confessions. One of their lawyers was imprisoned without charge after he spoke about the case on television. At the beginning, the trial was public, but then the doors were shut and it was held in secret. The defendants were sentenced to six . ...
Flogging of Raif Badawi in Saudi Arabia ‘vicious act of cruelty’ | Amnesty International
Saudi officials delay blogger's public lashing Watchdog says whipping 'should not be carried out under any circumstances' AYA BATRAWY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES --- Saudi authorities on Friday postponed the second round of public flogging of a blogger convicted of insulting Islam after a doctor concluded that his wounds from the first 50 lashes had not yet healed, a leading Human Rights group said. Amnesty International said authorities delayed administering the 50 new lashes to Raif Badawi set to take place after midday prayers. The group said Badawi was taken to a prison clinic in the morning for a checkup and that the doctor found that "he would not be able to withstand another round of lashes at this time." According to the group, the doctor recommended Badawi's flogging be postponed for a week. Badawi is not a Canadian citizen but his wife fled Saudi Arabia in 2012 with their children before settling in Sherbrooke, Que., in 2013. "The notion that Raif Badawi must be allowed to . ...
A witness confirmed to Amnesty International that the flogging of Saudi Arabian activist Raif Badawi took place this morning after Friday prayers in front of al-Jafali mosque in Jeddah. 
An activist who has a wife and three children in Quebec underwent the first round of 50 lashes in public after morning prayers today in Saudi Arabia, Human Rights group Amnesty International says.
7 ways Saudi Arabia is silencing people online | Amnesty International
Another protest rally in the port city of Karachi against the death sentence handed down to prominent Shia Muslim cleric, Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr, by a Saudi court. This time, Shia religious leaders are on the streets against the sentence. Chanting "down with USA", "Down with Israel" and "Down with Al-e-Saud", these religious scholars believe the sentence is politically motivated and so will benefit these imperial states. These furious Shia protesters are demanding that the International community put more pressure on the Saudi government to revoke Sheikh Nimr death sentence. They are also condemning the Kingdom for what they call the zero-tolerance for dissent. They also hold the kingdom responsible for spreading sectarianism across the world and creating Takfiri terrorist groups like ISIL.They also condemn the double standards of the US government that introduces itself as a champion of democracy and on the other hand it turned a blind eye over grave Human Rights violations in Saudi Arabia. The Kingdo ...
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Surprising Facts About the Death Penalty Worldwide Amnesty International's annual report reveals downward trend. An execution chamber. Bullet holes are visible in the wood panel behind the execution chair at Utah State Prison, where convicted murderer Ronnie Lee Gardner was executed by firing squad in June 2010. PHOTOGRAPH BY TRENT NELSON, POOL/AP Alexis Manning National Geographic News PUBLISHED APRIL 12, 2013 Share Share on emailEmail More » Amnesty International released their 2012 annual report on capital punishment this week, highlighting information on the differing ways countries handle execution around the world. Here are five of the most interesting death penalty facts from last year: 1. The United States ranked fifth for the highest number of executions. The U.S. takes a spot behind China, Iran, Iraq, and Saudi Arabia for the most executions in the world last year, sitting ahead of Yemen and the Sudan. This ranking comes as no surprise to Brian Evans, Amnesty International's acting director on ...
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The lack of effective regulation of visa brokers and rogue recruiting agents makes Indian migrant workers vulnerable to serious Human Rights abuses, said Amnesty International India today in a new report focusing on migrants from the Indian state of Kerala working in Saudi Arabia.
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PLEASE SHARE WIDELY AND TAKE ACTION Today, news came out that Raif Badawi, a Saudi blogger, was sentenced to 10 years in prison, 1,000 lashes, and fined more than $250,000 for the "crime" of insulting Islam. Raif founded a website called "Saudi Arabian Liberals" and advocated for a more tolerant Saudi Arabia which respected freedom of religion, belief, and expression, as well as women's rights. Our friends at the Center for Inquiry as well as Amnesty International have been monitoring this situation since 2012 when it came to light. This is a continuing pattern from the Saudi Arabian government. From Amnesty International: "Raif Badawi is the latest victim to fall prey to the ruthless campaign to silence peaceful activists in Saudi Arabia. The authorities seem determined to crush all forms of dissent through every means at their disposal, including imposing harsh prison sentences and corporal punishment on activists." We will continue to update you on this as it develops. Both CFI and Amnesty Internationa ...
Murderers 'R' Us "Amnesty International reminds Texans and the rest of us that America is in very distinct and distinctive company among executors: Only Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and China, 'disreputable peers,' execute more." -- Martin Marty, Univ. of Chicago Divinity Professor
Saudi Arabia slams Norway’s Human Rights record: Saudi Arabia was joined by other Islamic countries in its critique of Norway’s approach to its Muslim population, according to Norway’s The Local. Norway’s Foreign Minister, Borge Brende, witnessed the comments in Geneva on Monday at a session of the United Nations' Universal Periodic Review. During the review, all UN members are closely scrutinized by the other constituent states of the body. Brende noted the irony of Saudi Arabia lambasting a country for its Human Rights record to Norway’s NTB wire agency. “It is a paradox that countries which do not support fundamental Human Rights have influence on the council, but that is the United Nations,” Brende stated, hinting at the absence of a spotless Human Rights record in the countries doing the finger pointing. Rights groups such as Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch (HRW) have been extremely vocal in their demands this year that Saudi Arabia soften its clampdown on Human Rights acti ...
Amnesty: Executions rise in 2013 By Sophie Brown, CNN (CNN) - Virtual "killing sprees" in Iran and Iraq led to a spike in the number of executions globally last year, according to Amnesty International, at odds with a steady decline in the use of the death penalty around the world over the last two decades. Executions by beheading, electrocution, firing squad, hanging and lethal injection rose by almost 15 percent in 2013 on the previous year, the organization said in its latest report on the death penalty released Thursday. China executed more people than any other country last year. Although Chinese authorities treat official execution statistics as a state secret, Amnesty International estimates thousands are killed under the death penalty every year, more than the rest of the world combined. Excluding China, executions rose to at least 778 last year, up from 682 in 2012. Iran came in second, with at least 369 put to death by the state, followed by Iraq (169), Saudi Arabia (79), and the United States ( ...
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China's govt executed more people last year than every other country combined. Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia next highest:
Amnesty urges Obama to criticize Saudi Human Rights record Amnesty International urged on US President Barack Obama to break silence on Human Rights violations in Saudi Arabia during his visit to the country on Friday. The London-based rights group called on Obama to take a firm stance against discrimination and systematic violations in the Persian Gulf kingdom. Obama was also asked to express dismay at restrictions on women’s driving as his brief visit to Riyadh coincides with a campaign against the driving ban in the country. Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world that forbids women to drive. “It is crucial that President Obama sends a strong message to the government of Saudi Arabia that its gross Human Rights violations and systematic discrimination are unacceptable. A failure to do so would undermine the Human Rights principles the USA purports to stand for,” said Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui, Deputy Director for the Middle East and North Africa at Amnesty International. “For too long, the US ...
Amnesty International released its annual report on death penalty in London on 27 March 2014. According to report, at least 22 countries which are still applying death penalty, consider the abolition of capital punishment as a top priority. Also the number of countries which use the death penalty has reduced in the last 20 years. Main highlights of the Report • In 2013, at least 778 executions were recorded which is an increase of almost 15 percent as compared to 682 in 2012 excluding the China. • There was a sharp increase in global trend in the number of executions in Iran (369) and Iraq (169) in 2013. • China, Iraq, Iran, Saudi Arabia and the USA topped the list in executions. In fact China is the country where more people are executed than anywhere else in the world. • The USA is the only country in the Americas to carry out executions in 2013. The death penalty in the USA continued to be marked by error, inconsistency, racial disparities and, in a number of cases, a lack of adherence to speci ...
Saudi Arabia must back concessions on Human Rights with action | Amnesty International
Amnesty International Security with Human Rights Governments all around the world – from Sri Lanka to Russia; from India to Saudi Arabia – use the threat of terrorism to undermine Human Rights, often through torturing people, holding them without charge or trial, and making them ‘disappear’.
It's not about demonstrating. If you feel like changing the world, don't think of demonstrating. If there were enough people wanting positive change in the world then the last thing they would want to do is congregate in the street and shout about something. Most demonstrating is a way of drawing attention to a particular issue. The hope is that the mainstream media will pick up on the demonstration, thus advertising the issue to a wider audience who may not know about the issue at hand or will learn a bit more about the issue at hand - whether is be issues ranging from the US government's support for terrorists in Syria to the US government's longstanding support for dictatorships around the world (Saudi Arabia etc). However, the mainstream media tend to ignore demonstrations (when was the last time you saw a mainstream media report about the continuing presence of demonstrators in Parliament Square calling for global peace?) unless of course they turn violent. And with the use of state agent provocateur ...
Good News: UN’s Richard Falk is Gone Next Month Bad News: Rogues’ Gallery Now Vying to Replace Him Times of Israel, February 5, 2014 By Hillel Neuer After his six notorious years as the UN Human Rights Council’s permanent investigator of “Israel’s violations of the principles and bases of international law,” term limits will soon — finally — put an end to the term of Richard Falk, whose inflammatory and racist comments earned him multiple condemnations from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the U.S., Britain and Canada. The 47-nation council, which just welcomed China, Cuba, Russia and Saudi Arabia to its ranks, will be replacing Falk — an open supporter of Hamas and of 9/11 conspiracy theories — at the end of its upcoming March session. And so like moths to a flame, a rogues’ gallery of anti-Israel activists and academics are clamoring to take over a position that, even according to Amnesty International, is inherently biased against the Jewish state. While the title of the post is ...
Saudi Arabia beheads Pakistani drug smuggler: Riyadh: Saudi authorities on Wednesday beheaded a Pakistani for smuggling drugs and a Saudi for killing a compatriot, the Interior Ministry said, bringing the number of executions in the kingdom this year to nine. Mohammed Asharaf Ramadan was caught attempting to smuggle into the kingdom an amount of heroin that he swallowed. He was executed in Riyadh. In another case, Saudi national Turki Ahmed al-Salami, was executed in the southwestern Asir region after he was convicted of shooting dead Salman Subaykhi. Saudi Arabia beheaded 78 people in 2013, according to an AFP count. According to figures from Amnesty International, the number of executions in Saudi Arabia jumped from 27 in 2010, of whom five were foreigners, to 82 in 2011, including 28 foreigners. In 2012, the number of executions slipped slightly to 79 people, among them 27 foreign nationals. Rape, murder, apostasy, armed robbery and drug trafficking are all punishable by death under the conservative ki ...
Amnesty International has censured Saudi Arabia over a controversial counter-terrorism law, calling it the kingdom’s new tool to crush peaceful expression. The UK-based rights body says the new Saudi law legalizes a range of ongoing Human Rights violations. In a Monday statement, Amnesty’s Deputy Director for Middle East and North Africa Said Boumedouha said, “This disturbing new law confirms our worst fears – that the Saudi Arabian authorities are seeking legal cover to entrench their ability to crack down on peaceful dissent and silence Human Rights defenders.”
Saudi Arabia: New terrorism law is latest tool to crush peaceful expression | Amnesty International
A ruling reportedly issued by a court in Saudi Arabia sentencing a man to paralysis as retribution for a crime he allegedly committed 10 years ago, is outrageous and should on no account be carried out, Amnesty International said today. Recent reports in Saudi Arabian media have brought to light the case of 24-year-old Ali al-Khawahir, who was reportedly sentenced to qisas (retribution) in the town of Al-Ahsa and could be paralysed from the waist down unless he pays one million Saudi riyals --US$ 270,000 -- in compensation to the victim. Ali al-Khawahir had allegedly stabbed his friend in the back, rendering him paralysed from the waist down in or around 2003. Ali al-Khawahir was 14 years’ old at the time. “Paralysing someone as punishment for a crime would be torture,” said Ann Harrison, Middle East and North Africa Deputy Director at Amnesty International. “That such a punishment might be implemented is utterly shocking, even in a context where flogging is frequently imposed as a punishment for ...
Saudi Arabia has come under a great deal of criticism for its strict system of Sharia law, which has resulted in a high number of executions. Some 47 people were executed in the Gulf State from the beginning of 2013 to May, according to Amnesty International, in comparison to 82 executions in 2011 a...
Hey all, I want to inform you about a movie night organized by Amnesty International Amsterdam Student-group. Nine January we will be showing Wadjda. It is the first movie ever made by a Saudi female producer, Haifa al-Mansour. It is a feel good movie about a eleven-year-old year girl who is dreaming of having a bike, while it shows the severe realities for women in daily life. Afterwards Carolien Roelants will be answering all your questions/comments. She is writing for NRC Handelsblad and just published her book "De revolutie die nog moet komen" (The revolution that still has to begin) together with Paul Aarts about the Arab Spring in Saudi Arabia. She is a Gulf region expert! The night will be organized at CREA in Amsterdam. It starts at eight o'clock, and it is free for every student (bring your student card!). I hope to see you there!
"Two years ago, Manal al-Sharif called on fellow women to participate in the campaign and filmed herself driving in Saudi Arabia. She was later arrested, sparking backlash and protests that attracted global attention. Tomorrow, October 26, Saudi women will take to the drivers’ seats, claiming this basic right held by men and women around the world: the right to drive." - via Half the Sky by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn Eman Al Nafjan, a female blogger from Saudi Arabia who was arrested by police earlier this month as she filmed a female driver breaking the ban, argued in a commentary for Amnesty International that the fundamental issue was challenging patriarchy. "If there was one word to describe what it is like to be a Saudi woman, it would be the word patronizing. No matter how long you live, you remain a minor in the eyes of the government." Watch Manal’s TED Talk in which she shares her story at or, to read more in The Guardian about the campaign to overturn the driving ban, visit introduce ...
World News: Amnesty says Saudi rights record getting worse: Dubai (AFP) - Amnesty International on Monday said Saudi Arabia had failed to act on UN recommendations and "ratcheted up the repression" since 2009, with the arbitrary detention and torture of activists. Listen to news source from RobinsPost.com Get Full Details From News Source
Taliban Emirate and the United Front Main articles: Civil war in Afghanistan (1996–2001) and Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan The Taliban started shelling Kabul in early 1995 but were defeated by forces of the Islamic State government under Ahmad Shah Massoud.[116][120] Amnesty International, referring to the Taliban offensive, wrote in a 1995 report: "This is the first time in several months that Kabul civilians have become the targets of rocket attacks and shelling aimed at residential areas in the city."[116] The Taliban's early victories in 1994 were followed by a series of defeats that resulted in heavy losses which led analysts to believe the Taliban movement had run its course.[114] But Pakistan provided increased support to the Taliban.[110][121] Many analysts like Amin Saikal describe the Taliban as developing into a proxy force for Pakistan's regional interests.[110] On 26 September 1996, as the Taliban with military support by Pakistan and financial support by Saudi Arabia prepared for another ...
Thailand: Unprovoked Muslim genocide of Thai people for ‘being kafirs’ (Graphic) This is pure, brutal Muslim hate and genocide of a people in their own home country for no reason than being Buddhist. Is this what we want our future to be? Buddhists are being murdered for no other reasons than being kafirs. Thailand has no history of wars in any Islamic country, so they cannot blame it on the usual reasons for their incessant violence against innocent people. Where is the UN? Where is Amnesty International opposing this savagery? They shine with their silence. Have you ever wondered how Muslims acquired Christian, Jewish and pagan (Hindu) countries and regions through history known today as Egypt, Syria, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Israel, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, and Qatar – which now total 51 countries? This is how. Thailand is experiencing Muslim genocide of their people in what is officially called Muslim Military Insurgence. But all it is is Islam. Muslims are responsib ...
HERE ARE MAIN INTERNATIONAL STORIES COVERING TODAY. -The remains of around 200 bodies have been found in an unmarked mass grave in the coastal Israeli town of Jaffa. Forensic experts have taken some of the remains for examination. But Palestinians who were alive during the 1948 Arab-Israeli war say they saw what happened in the town. -Lebanese army has army been deployed to the northern city of Tripoli, following violence stemming from the conflict in neighbouring Syria. Troops were taking positions on top of buildings on Tuesday evening, as two more deaths were reported from clashes a day earlier. -In just 30 years, China has risen from long-standing poverty to being the second largest economy in the world - faster than any other country in history. -In late May, Prince Fahd al-Saud of Saudi Arabia celebrated completing college by taking a 19.5 million dollar trip to Disneyland near Paris. -Amnesty International has released a report documenting over 150 cases of people who have disappeared in Mexico in ...
Saudi Arabia: Appeal for Human Rights defenders facing up to 11 years in jail Today’s court appeal by two members of a prominent Saudi Arabian Human Rights organization is a bid for justice amid a broader crackdown on activism in the Gulf kingdom, said Amnesty International. On 9 March the Criminal Court in Riyadh sentenced Mohammad al-Qahtani and Dr Abdullah al-Hamid to 10 and 11 years’ imprisonment, respectively. The conviction related to their role as co-founders of the Saudi Civil and Political Rights Organization (ACPRA), for which they faced charges such as disobeying the ruler, founding an unlicensed organization, inciting disorder by calling for demonstrations, and harming the image of the state by disseminating false information to foreign groups. Besides the lengthy prison terms, their sentences included travel bans of equivalent length following their release. In April, they were given only a month to appeal the convictions after receiving a more than 200-page combined written verdict dated ...
Press Release 16 May 2013     Group calls for probe on embassy officials harassing stranded OFWs in Saudi Arabia     Migrant rights group, MIGRANTE-Middle East (M-ME), today calls on the Philippine Commission on Human Rights (CHR) and various international Human Rights group such as Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and the United Nations Special Rapporteur for Migrants, to conduct investigation on the inhumane treatment of stranded overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) by Philippine Embassy officials in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.     On May 4, 2013, around 165 stranded OFWs, mostly women and some with children staged an encampment inside the PH embassy compound after the PH ambassador to Saudi Arabia failed to show for a dialog to press their repatriation.     “From the very beginning and until now, PH ambassador Ezzadin Tago is hesitant to face the stranded OFWs who are seeking assistance for their repatriation especially when the Saudi govt. launched a massive Kingdom-wide crackdown of undocum ...
While Iran and other Islamic countries are known for widespread executions, Iran is now publicly amputating fingers and hands with renewed zeal using a mechanized machine. January 24, 2013, marked the day a 29-year-old was sentenced to have his hand cut off mechanically, receive 99 whip lashes, and should he survive, spend the next three years of his life in prison. [See report with photo images at The images shown in the MEMRI report depict a blindfolded, sentenced man, possibly drugged to minimize his movement, with three black hooded men holding the prisoner in place. One of the hooded men guides the man’s hand through what appears to be a crude metal machine of sorts, which presumably includes a rotary saw-like function in what amounts to an awful, excruciatingly painful ordeal. Amnesty International ranks Iran among the top three (3) countries with the highest number of executions over the past five years. China, Iran, and Saudi Arabia rank at the top of the list, with China believed to have execut ...
Sri Lanka “Beheading of domestic worker shows Saudi Arabia at odds with international standards”: Amnesty International Colombo (PRIU) - Yesterday's beheading of a Sri Lankan domestic worker in Saudi Arabia for a crime she allegedly committed while still a child shows once more that the Gulf kingdom is woefully out of step with international standards on the death penalty, Amnesty International said. Rizana Nafeek was executed in Dawadmi, a town west of the Saudi Arabian capital Riyadh, on Wednesday morning. Her death sentence had been handed down by a Dawadmi court on 16 June 2007, based on allegations that she murdered an infant in her care when she herself was 17 years old. Earlier this week Amnesty International (AI) and the Sri Lankan government had urged Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah who ratified her death sentence to show clemency in her case, given her young age at the time of the alleged crime as well as concerns she had received an unfair trial. Despite a chorus of pleas for Saudi Arabian aut ...
There would be no refugees if it were not for foreign intervention By Bayden Shaarub/ Al wasat I attend a collage where 99% of the students speak several languages and come from countries such as Fiji, India, Afghanistan, Congo, Palestine Liberia, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Burma and Bangladesh. Despite this diversity, there is almost complete harmony amongst all of them. Within the gates and environment of our school we do not face discrimination or racism but outside the school gates is a different story. A recent encounter at a popular fast food outlet left an impression on me. My friends and I received many stares, as we walked away a woman sitting in her car with her door open said hello girls “how are you liking Australia” this sort of came to me as a surprise wondering why would she ask such a question. One of my friends replied, “it's good”, then we asked her how she liked Australia, hoping that she would understand her own question. This woman, may have seen us as foreigners, perhaps even ...
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Amnesty International called on Saudi Arabia, Thursday, to charge or release Sheikh Nimr Baqir Al-Nimr, who has been detained by Saudi authorities for weeks. Acknowledging that the Saudi Interior Ministry had announced that Sheikh Nimr was arrested as an “instigator of sedition”, the organization sa...
Quoted from Oct 2012 High Times mag~ "Iran Executes Nine on Drug-Trafficking Charges- On May 21, Iran executed nine convicted drug traffickers at a Tehran prison. Seven of the men were hanged in connection with the confiscation of 500 kilograms of methamphetamine from a cargo ship bound for Southeast Asia. The other two men were convicted of trafficking another 420 kilograms of meth. Amnesty International reported that Iran executed at least 360 people in 2011, most of them on drug-related charges. Together with China, Saudi Arabia and the United States, Iran is one of the worlds leading practitioners of the death penalty. Nice company for the "land of the free" to find itself in, eh?"
Amnesty International condemns Saudi Arabia for the recent execution of several Iranians under unfair circumstances.
Ahead of a fresh wave of driving protests expected in Saudi Arabia, Amnesty International has urged King Abdullah to overturn a ban on women driving.
The failure of revolution to occur in Bahrain was for various reasons, beyond the negative and violent reaction of the state. Bahrain is the host of the United States Navy’s Fifth Fleet, and had support from Saudi Arabia in quelling the uprising in the past year. The stability and security of Bahrain thus is a prime concern not just for regional powers, but for the United States. The authorities in Bahrain took measures to look into possible Human Rights abuses by establishing the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry (BICI). The BICI looked deeply into the state’s role during the uprising, and its conclusions were surprisingly honest about the level of the security forces’ oppression. Recently, however, Amnesty International has accused the government of “[portraying] the country as being on the road to reform,” despite the lack of accountability in prosecuting senior officials that were involved in the violence and implementing reforms that “barely scratch the surface.” The decision t ...
Saudi Arabia: At least six men held for a year for intending to protest | Amnesty International
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