NGOs submit follow up report on Saudi Arabia to the UN Committee against Torture

DOWNLOAD THE REPORT HERE Four human rights groups, ALQST for Human Rights, the Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR), International Service for Human Rights (ISHR) and MENA Rights Group, have made a joint submission to the United Nations Committee against Torture (CAT), reiterating recommendations to hold Saudi Arabia accountable for the systematic practice of torture, including the Continue Reading

Teenager Murtaja Qureiris under threat of execution for actions carried out when he was 11

عربي The Public Prosecution in Saudi Arabia is calling for the death penalty for 18-year-old Murtaja Abdullah Qureiris (born 22 October 2000). The authorities say he is charged, among other things, with making and throwing Molotov cocktails; conspiring to injure soldiers and set a vehicle on fire; taking part in demonstrations and the funeral procession Continue Reading

Open NGO letter regarding the critical funding gap affecting UN human rights mechanisms and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

ALQST joins hundreds of NGOs in an open letter urging UN member states to address the critical funding situation which may adversely impact on the capacity of various human rights mechanisms to carry out their mandates effectively. To:All Permanent Missions to the United Nations in Geneva and New York Cc:UN Secretary GeneralUN High Commissioner for Continue Reading

Saudi Arabia: New wave of arrests of activists reflects authorities’ obliviousness to international scrutiny and human rights

عربي 8 April 2019 – The wave of arrests on 4/5 April of at least nine activists, writers and bloggers, expresses Saudi Arabia’s lack of awareness and disregard towards the international scrutiny they currently face and how little they appear to care about international human rights standards. Reliable sources informed ALQST that Saudi Arabian authorities Continue Reading

NGOs urge governments to pressure Saudi Arabia to improve rights record following UN review

15 March 2019: Following the adoption of Saudi Arabia’s Universal Periodic Review outcome on 14 March, MENA Rights Group, ALQST, the Right Livelihood Award Foundation and OMCT called on the international community to maintain pressure on the Saudi government to improve the human rights situation in the country.  On 14 March, 2019, the UN Human Continue Reading

Saudi authorities should release Saudi-American doctor Walid Fitaihi, imprisoned and tortured since November 2017

عربي 5 March 2019: ALQST is alarmed that, according to a credible report, Saudi Arabian authorities have tortured Saudi-American medical doctor Walid Fitaihi, 54. They have been holding him without charge, in pre-trial detention since November 2017. Saudi officials have tortured Dr. Walid Fitaihi, 54 years old on several separate occasions since his detention in Continue Reading

ALQST condemns the Saudi authorities’ mistreatment of Jannat Sybile for five years

عربي 1 March 2019: ALQST is dismayed to learn of the hardship and injustice experienced by Tunisian nurse Jannat Sybile Nuhaila, formerly contracted to work for the Health Department in Al-Baha, Saudi Arabia. Since being unfairly dismissed from her work, Jannat has been left stranded for more than five years without a passport, residence permit Continue Reading