Category Archives: Saudi Arabia

Pursuing the mirage of freedom

By Ensaf Haidar, wife of imprisoned Saudi Arabian activist Raif Badawi, who has been imprisoned for the past two years. Her husband is serving a 10-year sentence, and also faces 1,000 lashes and a hefty fine in connection with an … Continue reading

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‘Even from prison, you can still light a candle’

By Waleed Abu al-Khair, a Saudi Arabian human rights lawyer, who was detained last month following his fifth court session for number of charges including “breaking allegiance to and disobeying the ruler” and disrespecting the authorities. He wrote this before his impending … Continue reading

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Middle Eastern nations at forefront of disturbing spike in executions

By Sara Hashash, Middle East and North Africa media officer at Amnesty International It sounds like a scene from a grisly horror film; five decapitated bodies swinging from a horizontal pole suspended over the main square in the city of … Continue reading

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‘Society’ is no longer an excuse for Saudi Arabia’s ban on women driving

Eman Al Nafjan (@Saudiwoman) is a female blogger from Saudi Arabia who has been campaigning against the driving ban. She was arrested by police earlier this month as she filmed a female driver breaking the ban.   If there was … Continue reading

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The price of protest in Saudi Arabia

Abeer al-Sayed recounts her arrest at the weekend after she and a group of women and children took part in a protest against the ongoing detention of their relatives outside the offices of Saudi Arabia’s state-founded National Society for Human … Continue reading

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