Category Archives: Saudi Arabia

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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Iran, Saudi Arabia – and the unfair trials for ‘drugs offenders’

By Ann Harrison, Deputy Director of Amnesty International’s Middle East and North Africa Programme I must admit that I had to blink and look away for a moment when I saw the Iranian news agency headline: ‘Execution of Iranian citizens … Continue reading

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