Category Archives: Saudi Arabia

Europe failed to act on the warning signs of a tragedy in the Mediterranean

By Sherif Elsayed-Ali, Head of Refugee and Migrants’ Rights at Amnesty International Before the two shipwrecks that came to light yesterday,1,800 people were believed to have died or gone missing while attempting to cross the Mediterranean from North Africa this … Continue reading

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Internet Governance Forum: A missed opportunity for human rights

By Sherif Elsayed-Ali, Deputy Director of Global Issues at Amnesty International. As you read this on your laptop, smart phone or tablet, 3,000 government leaders and representatives from companies and civil society are meeting in Istanbul to shape the future … Continue reading

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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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