Saudi Arabia

Human rights activists Saudi Arabia, Human rights defenders Saudi Arabia, Human rights and peace organizations in Saudi Arabia.


Dr Abdulkareem Yousef al-Khoder
Buraydah, Saudi Arabia -
Dr. Abdulkareem Yousef al-Khoder co-founded the human rights organization, the Saudi Civil and Political Rights Organziation (ACPRA). He is a professor of comparative jurisprudence at the Faculty of Islam Jurisprudence at Qassim University. Prior to his trial opening in January 2013, al-Khoder had circulated a petition asking for a fact-finding committee to investigate arbitrary detentions and repression of peaceful activists by Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Interior. He had also written an article on 20 ways of enhancing the success of peaceful demonstrations and called the Saudi Arabian state a police state. He had been on trial since January 2013 on charges including disobeying the ruler, inciting disorder by calling for demonstrations, disseminating false information to foreign groups, and taking part in founding an unlicensed organization. Photo courtesy of http://ohoud-lami.com/wp-content/uploads/130309142142_mohammad_al-qahtani_464x261_ap2.jpg
 

Fowzan al-Harbi
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Al-Harbi is the co-founder and deputy president of the Saudi Civil and Political Rights Association (ACPRA), and it's believed that the warrant is related to his human rights activities. On May 22, 2012, Saudi authorities stopped human rights defender Fowzan Al-Harbi at the King Khalid airport in Riyadh and prevented him from travelling to Geneva in order to attend a human rights conference. Fowzan al-Harbi had been under investigation since May 11, 2013 at the Bureau of Investigation and Prosecution. His trial started on December 4, and he has been charged with offences including "inciting disobedience to the ruler by calling for demonstrations", "signing documents that incite public opinion against the authorities", "describing the Saudi Arabian state as a 'police state'", "accusing the judiciary of being incapable of delivering justice", "co- founding an unlicensed organization" (understood to be ACPRA) and "ignoring judicial decisions ordering its dissolution". Photo courtesy of http://gc4hr.org/uploads/original/Fowzan9.jpg
 

Abdulaziz al-Shubail
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Abdulaziz al-Shubail (pictured on the right) is among 12 activists in the country who founded the Saudi Association for Civil and Political Rights, known in Arabic by its acronym HASEM. The group was shut down, eight of its founding members were imprisoned, and al-Shubail is facing trial. He was strongly against the new counterterrorism law that allows the kingdom to prosecute anyone who demands reform as a terrorist, exposes corruption or otherwise engages in dissent. He advocates for democratic reform in Saudi Arabia. Abdulaziz al-Shubail, another co-founder and current vice-president of ACPRA, has been under investigation since May 11, 2013 for "stirring public opinion" and "founding and acting as president of an unlicensed organization". Photo courtesy of http://www.amnesty.org/sites/impact.amnesty.org/files/imagecache/news-highlight/179156_Case_of_Dr_Abdulkareem_al-Khoder(1).jpg
 

Abdullah al-Hamid
Buraidah, Saudi Arabia -
Abdullah Hamid Ali al-Hamid (center of the picture) is a Saudi human rights activist and a co-founder of the Saudi Civil and Political Rights Association (ACPRA). He has been imprisoned several times for supporting the establishment of a constitutional monarchy in Saudi Arabia. In May 2005, Dr. Abdullah al-Hamid was sentenced to seven years in prison for showing dissent and disobeying the ruler after calling for reforms. He was pardoned and released in 2008. In 2008, al-Hamid served a four-month prison term for incitement of protest after supporting a demonstration of women who were protesting the detention of relatives. Photo courtesy of http://i1.ytimg.com/vi/Sgg53G0DSvA/maxresdefault.jpg
 

Adala Center for Human Rights
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The Adala Center for Human Rights reports violations of human rights. For example, they report cases of torture against detainees in Saudi Arabia. It is based in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia and is dedicated to spreading a culture of human rights and capacity building, strengthening the relationship between rights groups and the media, monitoring and documenting human rights cases, and supporting victims of abuses. Saudi Arabia has not been allowed to register because according to the administrative court it is not in line with the regulation on charitable foundations and associations. Photo courtesy of http://www.saudishia.com/media/lib/pics/1338283056.gif
 

Fadhel Maki al-Manasif
Safwa, Saudi Arabia -
Fadhel Maki al-Manasif has been vocal in raising human rights concerns about the treatment of members of Saudi Arabia's Shi'a minority. For years, he has monitored cases of discrimination against them and the detention of individuals from the Shi'a minority without charge or trail. He then wrote to authorities about their cases. Fadhel Maki al-Manasif was previously arrested on May 1, 2011 at the police station when he reported to them in al-Awwamiya, Saudi Arabia. On May 4, he was moved to al-Khobar prison, also in the Eastern Province, where he was allowed to see his family and lawyer twice a week. On May 18, he was transferred to the General Intelligence Prison in Dammam, the capital of the Eastern Province, where he was detained incommunicado again until his release. Photo courtesy of http://www.amnesty.org/sites/impact.amnesty.org/files/saudi_Fadel%20Makki%20al-Manasef_560x400.jpg
 

Issa al-Hamid
, Saudi Arabia -
Issa al-Hamid is a human rights activist and is the brother of Abdullah al-Hamid. He served a six-month sentence in 2008 for inciting protest. He had supported a peaceful demonstration by women calling for the release or fair trail of relatives detained without charge or trial outside the prison in Buraida. He advocates for the establishment of a constitutional monarchy in Saudi Arabia.
 

Mohammad Fahad al-Qahtani
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia -
Mohammad Fahad al-Qahtani is an economics professor and co-founder of the Saudi Arabian human rights organization Saudi Civil and Political Rights Association (ACPRA). He also served as the leader of this group in 2011. On March 9, 2013, al-Qahtani was sentenced to ten years in prison and ten years of travel ban after being convicted of several charges relating to his human rights activities. He obtained his PhD from Indiana University, and as of June 2012, he was employed as an economics professor at the Institute of Diplomatic Affairs of the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In November 2008, he was a participant of a two-day hunger strike in protest against the imprisonment without fair, public trials of 11 activists. He called for the activists to receive fair trials and better conditions and that freedom of speech and freedom of assembly were not respected in Saudi Arabia. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia
 

Monitor of Human Rights in Saudi Arabia
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Raif Badawi
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Samar Badawai
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Saudi Arabian Monitor for Human Rights
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Human Rights First Society (HRFS) is dedicated to protecting and defending human rights in Saudi Arabia, in accordance with Islamic teachings. They stand for applying the rule of law, freedoms of expression and association, and abolishing all discrimination in Saudi society on the basis of gender or religious belief. They use all peaceful means to advocate that the Saudi government respects article 26 of the Basic Rule for Governing the Kingdom, which came into force on March 2, 1992. Article 26 stipulates that "The nation defends human rights--in accordance to Islamic Shariah". HRFS communicates its concerns and shares information with Saudi citizens, the media, government agencies and officials, and members of the Consultative Council (Majlis Al-Shura) in its efforts to achieve its goals. HRFS coordinates and works with human rights groups in other Gulf States, the Middle East and in the international arena to achieve its objectives.
 

Saudi Association for Civil and Political Rights (ACPRA)
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ACPRA is a Saudi Arabian human rights non-governmental organization created in 2009. On March 9, 2013 the Saudi court had sentenced two of its most prominent leaders to at least 10 years in prison for offences that include sedition and giving inaccurate information to foreign media. Eleven human rights activists and academics created ACPRA in response to what was seen as a worsening human rights situation in Saudi Arabia. It aims to promote human rights awareness. It calls for an elected parliament and the creation of legal institutions to support transparency and accountability. The ACPRA also calls for laws to protect minority rights and intends to document human rights violations. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia
 

Waleed Abu al-Khair
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia -
Waleed Abu Al-Kahir, born June 1979, is a Saudi Arabian lawyer, human rights activist and the head of the Monitor of Human Rights in Saudi Arabia (MHRSA) organization. He received his Bachelor's degree in Arabic language from King Abdul Aziz University in 2003. Al-Kahir began his career as a lawyer in 2007. He then obtained his Master's degree in Islamic Law at Yarmouk University in Jordan in 2009. Abu Al-Kahir established his own human rights organization, MHRSA, in 2012, which became the first registered Saudi Arabian human rights organization. He also advocates for a constitutional monarchy in Saudi Arabia. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia
 

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