Saudi Arabia Human Rights Violations

Saudi Arabia faces extraordinary attacks for their human rights record, the criticisms have only been strengthened by the failure to issue a full report of the 2018 murder of their very own Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

The kingdom is well known for their unacceptable violation of human rights against their own citizens including women, children, clerics and human rights activists, many of whom still remain detained, faced biased trials or imprisoned indefinitely.

As much as Saudi Arabia in recent times has promoted women’s rights and reforms, there still remains uncertainty about the arrest of peaceful human rights workers, journalists and activists who were the very people that campaigned for the rights that have been introduced. Instead of applauding these forward-thinking individuals, the monarchy has instead kept them detained subjecting them to torture, ill-treatment including sexual violence.

Three years on from the Kingdom’s September purge under new management, the activists, campaigners, scholars and judges arrested have been tortured, held in solitary confinement and denied family visits and calls. Today, the number of people facing the death penalty is increasing in comparison to those being released.

As a current member of the UN HRC, it is imperative that Saudi Arabia should implement the highest level of human rights standards, yet time after time the monarchy has failed to uphold basic measures and comply.

Human Rights Violations

Arbitrary Arrests

and imprisonment without charges

Arbitrary Arrests

Many people both men and women have been arrested for not breaking the law but rather to be silenced.

Torture and Ill Treatment

in police custody and prisons is common

Torture and Ill Treatment

Suppression on women’s rights has seen a number of high profile women being imprisoned for campaigning for social justice

Executions

are increasing each year

Executions

Increasing number of people have been sentenced to death, Saudi Arabia is positioned amongst the top 5 in the world for the number of executions.

Child Prisoners

are tried as adults and terrorists

Child Prisoners

Imprisonment, torture and death of minors for peacefully observing protests.

Women's Rights

are ignored

Women's Rights

Suppression on women’s rights has seen a number of high profile women being imprisoned for campaigning for social justice

Human Rights Organisations

are banned for Saudi soil

Human Rights organisations

Non-state-aligned organisations campaigning for basic human rights have been banned from setting up in the country.

No freedom of speech

and right to peaceful protests

No freedom of speech

Many activists, journalists and clerics are behind bars for exercising rights of expression, attending peaceful demonstration and speaking against the oppression of the government against its own citizens.

No sign

No sign

No sign

Saudi Arabia has never signed up to UN charter on Human Rights (1948)

The Victims of Human Rights Violations

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