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Saudi Arabia: Human rights defenders and lawyers detained on grounds of financing terrorism

On 2 February, 10 Saudi human rights defenders and lawyers were arrested in Jeddah and Madinah and have been held incommunicado since then. Although no charges have been brought against them, an Interior Ministry official told local newspapers that the men arrested have been involved in collecting money to finance terrorism.  

Report of the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, E/CN.4/2005/64/Add.1, March 29, 2005: Saudi Arabia

790. (…)Moreover, since early March 2004, Saudi authorities reportedly blocked access to the website www.gaymiddleeast.com, a news site for the Middle East’s homosexual community. The site was also blocked in June 2003, but the Government lifted the ban one month later. According to information received, this website focuses mainly on issues dealing with homosexual rights, […]

Saudi Crown Prince calls for the establishment of counter-terrorism centre

At the international conference on counter-terrorism held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia from 5 to 8 February, Crown Prince Abdullah of Saudi Arabia emphasized that terrorism does not belong to any particular religion or system and called for the establishment of an international centre to combat and pre-empt terrorism. The centre would exchange information speedily to […]

Attacks on Justice 2002: Saudi Arabia

Despite the adoption of the Basic Law of Government, Saudi Arabia continues to be lacking in basic constitutional safeguards and civil liberties. The nation is a monarchy deriving religious legitimacy from the Wahhabi doctrine. (more…)

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