News & Journal2020-07-21T10:14:08+00:00

Saudi Arabia’s 2030 Vision vs 2020 Reality

Saudi Arabia’s 2030 Vision vs 2020 Reality As we enter 2021 we thought it would be a good chance to look back at the state of human rights in Saudi Arabia over the last year – and compare it to the Kingdom’s plans for the future.. Vision 2030 sits at the heart of Saudi Arabia’s global marketing strategy. For the Kingdom’s expensive PR teams it represents the essence of a post-oil future, in which KSA’s economy pivots towards a high-tech, high-knowledge, green economy focussed more on attracting tourists than selling fossil fuels.

Loujian is not alone

LOUJAIN IS NOT ALONE Loujain al-Hathloul is an inspiration to women and girls, activists, humanitarians and their allies around the world. At a tremendous personal cost, she has stood up to fight for what she believes in. And she is not alone. Loujain al-Hathloul Many in politics use the language of sacrifice, personal injury and devotion to a cause; few put those words into action as Loujain undoubtedly has. For the crime of campaigning for women’s rights – in particular the right to drive and freedom from male guardianship rules –

The tale of two Septembers: Why Salman Alodah is in prison?

The tale of two Septembers: Why Salman Alodah is in prison? “May God harmonise between their hearts for the good of their people” sounds like a nice innocent prayer of a dozen words. Normally, nobody should get mad at you for that. After all, what is better than asking for harmony between hearts and nations? Not in Saudi Arabia! Less than innocent 66 Twitter characters were enough to put one of the most celebrated Muslim scholars globally in prison. Screenshot of the tweet which led to AlOdah's arrest. On September 10th 2017, Just hours

The real accounts of horror inside Saudi prisons

The real accounts of horror inside Saudi prisons It was the early morning hours of December 17, 2000. William Sampson had his breakfast and was about to leave home to his workplace. Sampson was a Canadian-British consultant who was working in Riyadh, the capital city of Saudi Arabia. Just as he was about to leave his house, a large number of Saudi security personnel raided his home. Handcuffed and blindfolded, Sampson’s life was about to be changed forever. Sampson had no clue why he was being taken by the Saudi security. But the beating had already begun.

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