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.