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

Saudi Arabia’s $1.5bn Sports-Washing Programme

Saudi Arabia’s $1.5bn Sports-Washing Programme Saudi Arabia’s Sports-Washing Programme Saudi Arabia should be treated as a pariah – that was the view of then candidate Joe Biden, and it’s not hard to see why. When assessing the Kingdom’s human rights record, three issues come up again and again – the conflict in Yemen, the brutal murder of Jamal Khashoggi, and the treatment of prisoners of conscience in Saudi prisons. In Yemen, the Saudi-led bombing campaign has wrought death destruction and famine on the poorest people in the region. The UN estimates that quarter of a million

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.

It’s not just Loujain

‘IT’S NOT JUST LOUJAIN’ 10 studies in courage - the women human rights defenders behind bars in Saudi Arabia Briefing from Grant Liberty Alongside Loujain al-Hathloul 4 others remain in prison As the world awaits Loujain al-Hathloul’s release this week (expected Thursday 11 February), it is important to remember two crucial points. First – she will not be free in any meaningful sense. She remains under probation, under a travel ban and unable to express herself freely. Second – she is not alone.  Loujain al-Hathloul is rightly feted for her fearless

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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