2010 Archives

February 2nd, 2013

HRFS Statement – December 22, 2010: HRFS rejects the notion that a woman needs a man’s permission to buy a car in Saudi Arabia and calls on The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah to intervene on an urgent basis to cancel this outrageous decision.

HRFS calls for the Saudi government to give full legal identity to Saudi women without a need for the male guardian (mahram.) It further calls on the Saudi government to honor its signature and ratification of the CEDAW with laws in the Kingdom that make its signature and ratification meaningful.

Saudi Arabia: Stop Deporting Somalis to Mogadishu More…

Letter to the Foreign Minister of Saudi Arabia Urging Immediate Steps Towards the Implementation of Women’s Rights Commitments. More…

Saudi Arabia: Human rights defender Fahd Bin Abdu-Rahman Al-Harbi sentenced to two months in prison and lashes in public2010/11/08 from Front Line Defenders More…

Further information: Young woman at risk of execution: Rizana Nafeek More…

Saudi Arabia: Stop Execution of Domestic Worker More… in English in Arabic

ACPRA Calls For All Saudis To Participate In A Public Sit-in To Demand Political Reform: The Intended Sit-in Will Take Place On December 23 2010 In Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. More in English and Arabic

Fresh claims of abuse of Indonesian domestic workers in Saudi Arabia 19 November 2010Amnesty International More…

Reaction to alleged abuse of Indonesian maid AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL 17 November 2010 More…

Saudi Arabia: Journalist Sentenced to Public Lashing:Reporter Wrote About Protests Over Electricity Shortages November 15, 2010: HRW News  More in…Englishin Arabic

International Religious Freedom Report 2010: Saudi Arabia US BUREAU OF DEMOCRACY, HUMAN RIGHTS, AND LABOR November 17, 2010 Read Report

Man sentenced for homosexuality November 12, 2010    More…

Saudi Arabian court rejects ‘sorcery’ death sentence 12 November 2010    More…

Sudan: Disappearances, reprisals against Sudanese rights defenders Nov 8th, 2010  More…

Saudi Arabia: Free Debtors From Prison: Continuing Detention Violates Arab Human Rights Charter, Saudi Laws November 2, 2010 (New York)  More… in English in Arabic

The Court has to Drop the Fabricated Charge of the Activists to Protect Public Freedoms in the Kingdom More…

Saudi Arabia: Where Fathers Rule and Courts Oblige Fathers Imprison Adult Daughters, Prevent Marriage, Obtain Grandchildren’s Custody  Human Rights Watch (HRW)  October 18, 2010(New York)   More…

King’s Battle With Clerics Dictates Fate of Saudi’s Oil Economy More…

5 distressed Filipino workers in Saudi arrested for filing labor complaints against erring employer October 17th, 2010 Riyadh, Saudi Arabia  More…

Only Three Countries Known to Have Executed Juvenile Offenders Since 2009 October 8, 2010  HRW: (New York) – More… in English in Arabic

International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU) attacks failure of the Islamic States to protect the Human Rights of Women Speaker: More…

October 18, 2010 Human Rights First Society (HRFS) Statement Human Rights First Society (HRFS) has been following closely the circumstances surrounding the  outrageous illegal detention of Mrs. Samar Mohammad Badawi for the past 6 months ( the details of her case may be found at http://samarstory.wordpress.com/ .)

Human Rights First Society (HRFS) calls on the Saudi government to stop harassment and intimidation of its member in Najran, Mr. Salih Ali Alsalim Alyami. Statement in Arabic.

PRESS RELEASE FROM HRW:  Saudi Arabia: Reform’s Uncertain Future: King Abdullah Should Institutionalize Human Rights Protections September 27, 2010  (New York) -   More…   in English in Arabic

To the International Community: Your Silence over Rising Repression in Bahrain Encourages Oppression and Fosters Political Violence (Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies)  22/09/2010  More. . .

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime ( UNODC) Combating trafficking in persons in accordance with the principles of Islamic law Read this UNODC publication in English or in Arabic.

Saudi Arabian King urged to commute “sorcery” death sentences 1 October 2010 Amnesty International   More…

Bahrain: Rescind Travel Ban on Rights Defenders:  Authorities Prevent Prominent Rights Advocates From Leaving the Country – HRW NEWS September 29, 2010  (New York)  More… in English in Arabic

Looser Rein, Uncertain Gain: A Human Rights Assessment of Five Years of Ki ng Abdullah’s Reforms in Saudi Arabia Human Rights Watch September 27, 2010Read the report in English or in Arabic

International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU) attacks failure of the Islamic States to protect the Human Rights of Women Speaker More…

International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH)  Annual Report 2010: Steadfast in Protest 13 September 2010  More…

Front Line Defenders: Bahrain: Effective take-over of Bahrain Human Rights Society by Ministry of Social Development 2010/09/10 More…

The Observatory: Attacks Against Civil Society Continue With The Suspension of the Bahrain Human Rights Society’s Board Paris-Geneva, September 10, 2010. More…

Is It Reshoudi’s Trial Or The Grievances Court’s Trial? 8/29/2010 Riyadh   Read statement in Arabic and English.

Press Releases Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS) Bahrain: As Elections Approach, the Crackdown on the Opposition and Rights Advocates Reaches its Peak 08/09/2010. More… in Englishin Arabic

Bahrain activists must receive a fair trial  6 September 2010  Amnesty International More…

Bahrain: arrest of human rights defender and leading blogger Ali  Abdulemam and ten other human rights defenders 2010/09/06   More…

Saudi Arabia must investigate abuse against Sri Lankan domestic worker Amnesty International Index Number: MDE 23/010/2010  Date Published: 3 September 2010    More… in English

Saudi Arabia: Domestic Worker Brutalized : Protections for Domestic Workers, Systemic Reform Urgently Needed (HRW) September 2, 2010 More… in English …in Arabic

Front Line: Saudi Arabia: Human rights defender Judge Suliman Al-Reshoudi and twelve others subject to unfair trial 2010/09/08   More…

Reporters Without Borders:  Human rights defender held since mid-June on charge of “annoying others” More…

Saudi human rights activist in prison for ‘annoying others’ by Caryle Murphy, Foreign Correspondent HRFS President, Ibrahim Almugaiteeb was interviewed for this report. Last Updated: July 20. 2010 12:13AM UAE / July 19. 2010 8:13PM GMT    More…

Bahrain: Charge or Release Opposition Activists  HRW Government Opponents Apparently Detained for Criticism of Government   August 17, 2010    More…  in English …in Arabic

Judge Reshoudi Remains Jailed Saudi Arabia preparing charges against activist Sat Aug 28, 2010 11:17am. More…

Evidence Shows That The Saudi Regime Is A Police State Masquerading As A Theocracy  Date: August 22, 2010. Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

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A call to attend the eighth court hearing (announcement of verdict) in the case of Judge Al-Reshoudi Vs. the Ministry of Interior in Riyadh Grievances (Administrative Court) Saturday, August 28 2010, at 1 pm Judge Al-Reshoudi’s legal team would call upon Jurists, lawyers, and human rights activists to attend the court hearing to monitor the trial and to ensure justice. Especially that the presiding judge has accepted opened trial, and has promised a bigger court room to host all of the attendants.

**********Alshaikh Kadhim Alamri  was released Monday, August 23, 2010 at 2:30 PM**********

Saudi Legal Reform Put to the Test By James M. Dorsey in the Middle East Studies Online Journal August 24, 2010  More…

Saudi Arabia urged not to deliberately paralyse man as retribution punishment – Amnesty International  20 August 2010 More in English in Arabic

Saudi Arabia: Further information: Saudi Arabian King should pardon “sorcerer”: Abdul Hamid al-Fakki Amnesty International More…

26 Organizations: Royal sanction to crackdown on political opposition and human rights defenders in Bahrain 19/08/2010   More…

HRW Letter to the Saudi Human Rights Commission on behalf of Aisha Ali  End System of Male Guardianship  August 12, 2010

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A call to attend the seventh court hearing in the case of Judge Al-Reshoudi Vs. the Ministry of Interior in Riyadh Grievances (Administrative) Court: July 25, 2010 Saudi Civil and Political Rights Association More…

Saudi Arabia: Charges Against Rights Activist Frivolous: Prosecution Charges Mikhlif al-Shammari With “Annoying Others” July 14, 2010 (New York)  More…

HRFS STATEMENT ISSUED JULY 9,2010:   HRFS welcomes the set up of the GCC human rights panel. View Complete Statement

Human Rights and Obama’s Policies in the Arab World More. . . Click here to listen to read the full article and to access the event’s audio and video files.

Saudi Reforms Five Years On: Looser Rein, Slight Gain by  Joe Stork and Christoph Wilcke  in The Huffington Post  July 1, 2010  More…

HRW NEWS:  Saudi Arabia: Release Rights Activist – Governor Ordered Arrest of Mikhlif al-Shammari Over Critical Articles (New York)  June 16, 2010 More…

UAE: Prosecution of human rights defender Mr Mohammed Saqr Al-Zuabee: June 21, 2010 Click here to TAKE ACTION.

Saudi Arabia must release or charge activist critical of the authorities   [AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL]: 18 June 2010  in English

Saudi Arabia: Travel ban on human rights defenders Mr Fahad Al-Orani, Dr Abdulla Al-Hamid, Mr Mohammed Saleh El-Bejadi and Dr Matrouk Al-Faleh More…

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL    PRESS RELEASE:  SUDANESE MAN FACING EXECUTION FOR “SORCERY” May 14, 2010    More in English in Arabic

World Day Against Child Labour – 12 June From the International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour More …

Saudi Arabia/Kuwait: Investigate Human Traffickers – Domestic Workers Recruited to Kuwait, Abandoned in Saudi Arabia Human Rights Watch June 7, 2010 More   … in English …in Arabic

Saudi Arabia: Upon Considering The Legality of His Detention without Trial, A Saudi Judge Requests Omitting “Constitution” from Defense Memoranda The Interior Ministry Incites against Defenders Of Rashudi    Cairo, May 27th , 2010 More…

Stop silencing defenders of the rights of Arab Israelis: 24 Arab organizations demand the release of Ameer Makhoul 24 Arab organizations, including HRFS, are gravely concerned by the arbitrary measures taken by the Israeli authorities against prominent human rights defender Ameer Makhoul. More…

A lawsuit has been filed on behalf of Sheikh Suliman Ibrahim Al-Reshoudi against the Ministry of Interior (MOI)- Click here for more details.

Saudi Editor Jamal Khashoggi Resigns from al-Watan BBC NewsMay 17, 2010 More…

The main award of the international human rights movement in 2010 goes to a Syrian human rights defender lingering in prison.  International Federation for Human Rights: 10 May 2010 More…

Trapped in Saudi Arabia  May 7, 2010 Human Rights Watch   More… in English

Armed attack on peaceful human rights group and killing of human rights defender Beatríz Alberta (Bety) Cariño Trujillo and international observer Tyri Antero Jaakkola 28 April 2010 Front Line Defenders Alert More…

HRFS Response The following letter was respectfully written in response to this tragic loss by HRFS President Ibrahim Almugaiteeb. It was sent to Mr. Eduardo Nino at the Mexican Embassy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on April 28, 2010:

Dear Mr. Nino

I was both shocked and saddened by the news of the violent death of my HRD colleague Bety Cariño of CACTUS from Oaxaca, Mexico as a result of a violent attack yesterday as she and a number of human rights defenders made their way to an indigenous zone controlled by paramilitaries.

It is wonderful individuals like my friend Bety who through their relentless struggle try to make this ugly world a better place for human beings and here is the devastating news that she paid the ultimate price for doing that.

Human Rights First Society protests this heinous crime against Ms. Bety Cariño and calls on the government of Mexico to bring the perpetrators to speedy justice.

Saudi Arabia – Continued detention without charge of human rights defender Mr. Munir Baqir Ebrahim Al-Jassas: Front Line April 22, 2010 More…

Saudi Arabia: Unfair Discrimination Crackdown Against Shiites Teacher Arrested For Insisting On Prayer April  22, 2010  ( Cairo) More…

International Day of Families  15 May 2010 (observed 13 May) More…

Human Rights Watch News: Middle East/Asia: Partial Reforms Fail Migrant Domestic Workers – On International Labor Day, Governments Should Pledge to Make Comprehensive Reforms April 28, 2010 (New York)  More… in English in Arabic Report… in English in Arabic

FROM THE BBC: Spotlight on Human Rights in Saudi Arabia. Updated April 19, 2010. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has begun a visit to Saudi Arabia.  As part of the BBC’s coverage of her visit Ibrahim Almugaiteeb, the president of Human Rights First Society,  has been interviewed by Bob Trevelyan of the BBC.  Mr. Almugaiteeb talks with Mr. Trevelyan about everyday human rights violations and injustices in his country . “Spotlight on Human Rights in Saudi Arabia” can be heard on the BBC website. Go to Interview.

Saudi Shiites arrested over worship: rights’ activist AFP News Release April 6, 2010 RIYADH (AFP)    More…

TV Mystic Lingers in Saudi Jail by Michael Slackman, Mona El-Naggar contributed reporting. NEW YORK TIMES April 24 and 25 2010  More…

UN begins Gulf human rights tour in Saudi Arabia The BBC April 19, 2010 The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights is visiting Saudi Arabia, a country much criticised by human rights organisations. High Commissioner Navi Pillay said countries in the region need to address the issues of abuse against foreign workers and improve women’s rights. More…

UN human rights chief to visit six Gulf Cooperation Council States from 17-26 April More…

Saudi Arabia: Free Forgotten Prisoners – Convicts Remain Imprisoned after Sentences Completed: HRW News April 22, 2010   More… in English in Arabic

World Press Freedom Day – May 3, 2010 More…

Stuck in Saudi Arabia by Allan Rock, chair of the Human Rights Watch Ottawa Committee. April 8, 2010    More…

USCIRF Eleventh Annual Report on Religious Freedom in the World Released  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 29, 2009  More…

Amnesty International Urges Lebanese Authorities to Intervene to Halt Expected Saudi Arabia Execution Wednesday, March 31, 2010  More…

Retrial Begins, Death Penalty Still Possible   Amnesty International: Further information on UA: 116/07 Index: MDE 23/007/2010 Saudi Arabia  Date: 30 March 2010 More in English … …in Arabic

Amnesty International to the League of Arab States: Address human rights abuses and impunity in armed conflicts 26 March 2010   More…

Saudi Arabia: Release Hadi Al-Mutif – U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) More…

Front Line Defenders reports Saudi Arabia: Judge Suliman Al-Reshoudi in incommunicado detention for more than three years without charge of trial. March 25, 2010  More…

Amnesty International News: Saudi Arabia ‘Sorcery’ Death Sentence Upheld 18 March 2010   More…

AMNESTY URGENT RELEASE: Saudi Arabia: Student Activist, Thamer Abdulkareen Al-Kather held, Risks Torture March 12, 2010   More in English…

Frontline Defenders: Saudi Arabia – Arrest of human rights defender Mr Thamer Abdulkareem Al-Khather and harassment of his father, Dr Abdulkareem Youssef Al-Khather More…

Press Release from the Cairo Institute For Human Rights Studies Son of Imprisoned Syrian Human Rights Defender calls on UN Rights Council to Address Increasing Attacks against Human Rights Defenders in the Arab Region More…

Stop Execution of Iraqi Man in Saudi Arabia March 11, 2010 Iraqi national Mohammad Abdul Amir has been scheduled for execution on 13 March in the town of Arar, near Saudi Arabia’s border with Iraq.   More. . .IRAQI NATIONAL’S EXECUTION STAYED The Saudi Arabian government has stayed the execution of an Iraqi man, Mohammad Abdul Amir, to allow his family to negotiate his fate with relatives of the man he allegedly murdered. However, it is unclear how long the execution has been stayed for, and he could be executed at any time if the negotiations break down. Details will be added as they become available.

HRW NEWS: Saudi Arabia: Drop Charges for Publicizing Bureaucratic Failures – Blogging About Quest to Treat Comatose Brother Could Land Man in Jail March 10, 2010 (New York)  More in English … in Arabic

Human Rights Watch News: Saudi Arabia: Free Woman Who Sought Court Aid For Harassment Complaint Made Without “Male Guardian:” 300 Lashes, 1 ½ Years in Jail March 2, 2010 More… More in Arabic…

Human Rights Watch Country Report on Saudi Arabia  – Events of 2009 : Issued January 2010 More… in English in Arabic

Disappearance of Jordanian national in Saudi Arabia in September 2009 Letter to Saudi Human Rights Commissioner seeking assistance in locating Zuhair Jamal Hamdan Hamdan March 9, 2010 More… in Arabic
The Saudi Civil and Political Rights Association Calls for Immediate Release of Human Rights Activist: Thamer Abdulkareem Al-Khather Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (March 7, 2010) More…

Kuwait: Critical Opinions Unwelcome Political and Religious Thinkers Barred from Entering Kuwait HRW News Release February 18, 2010 More…

ACPRA Calls for Establishing a Fact-Finding Committee to Investigate Human Right Abuses in Saudi Arabia: More. . . in Englishin Arabic

HRW NEWS: Indonesia: Guarantee Domestic Workers’ Rights in 2010Government Slow to Address Discrimination and Mistreatment Both at Home and Abroad February 12, 2010 (New York) More…

HRW NEWS: Indonesia: Guarantee Domestic Workers’ Rights in 2010More…

FrontLine Defenders 2010/02/18 Saudi Arabia: Continued refusal to register human rights organisation More…

Dublin: Front Line Launches Annual Report on global situation for Human Rights Defenders More…

Front Line Defenders 2010 Report:  HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS IN 2009 Read Report in English

Dublin: 110 human rights defenders from 85 countries join Front Line for Dublin Platform More than a hundred Human Rights Defenders from around the world attended the formal opening of Front Line’s “5th Dublin Platform for Human Rights Defenders” Dublin Castle from 10- 12 February. HRFS President Ibrahim Almugaiteeb attended this platform.  More…

Ms. Navanethem Pillay, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Addressed the Fifth Dublin Platform for Human Rights Defenders. More remarks…

Human Rights Watch News: Women’s Day Spotlights Barriers in Middle East by Nadya Khalife March 12, 2010   More…

International Women’s Day Events Website: More…

To Struggle for Gay Rights is to Struggle for All Rights Commentary by Scott Long Human Rights Watch director for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights Program. More…

Bahrain: End Torture of Security Suspects: Hold Officials Responsible for Abuse to Secure Confessions February 8, 2010 (Manama)    More…   in English in Arabic

HRW Press Release Libya: Stop Blocking Independent Web Sites February 3, 2010 (New York) – Libya’s moves in late January, 2010, to block access to at least seven independent and opposition Libyan web sites based abroad and to YouTube is a disturbing step away from press freedom, Human Rights Watch said today.  More… in English in Arabic

In Furtherance of the Misuse of the Threat of Terrorism; Yemeni Human Rights Defender to Serve Eight Year Prison Term, in a Grave Abuse of his Rights in English in Arabic

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL DEATH SENTENCES COULD BE REINSTATED January 21, 2010: Mohamed Kohailand Mehanna Sa’d’s death sentences were revoked by the Supreme Court on 9 January 2010, and the case has been sent to a court in the city of Jeddah for a retrial. If the court convicts them once again, they could have their sentences of death reimposed.   More…

SAUDI ARABIA MUST PREVENT FLOGGING OF TEENAGE GIRL January 22, 2010 More… in English

UN experts issue extensive global study on secret detention linked to counter-terrorism GENEVA (26 January 1010) More… Complete report.

US: A Big Step Toward Online Freedom by Arvind Ganesan January 22, 2010 More…

Internet Freedom: The prepared text of U.S. of Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s speech, delivered at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. JANUARY 21, 2010      Read full text.

Amnesty International Press Release  January 20, 2010   Egypt: two doctors sentenced to flogging in Saudi Arabia – pardoned: More…  in English

Provocation of Shiites  January 3, 2010 Human Rights First Society demands the Saudi government stop all provocation of Shiites in the cities and villages of Qatif.  Release in Arabic

Arrests of Human Rights Activits   January 2, 2010 Mr. Khaled Al-Omair and Mr. Mohamed Al-Otaibi, arrested on January 1, 2009, remain imprisoned for seven months following the decision that they be released for lack of evidence. Human Rights First Society demands their immediate and unconditional release and considers them human rights activists.  Release in Arabic

Insults to Shea Cleric January 2, 2010 HRFS calls for charging Aloraifi for insults to Shea Cleric Ayatollah Sistani.  Release in Arabic

Immediate and Unconditional Release of Sheikh  January 1, 2010 Human Rights First Society (HRFS) calls for the immediate and unconditional release of Sheikh Suleiman Bin Ibrahim Al-Rushudi and the rest of his colleagues who have been imprisoned in Jeddah for three years without trial .  Release in Arabic

Human Rights Watch (HRW):  Saudi Arabia: Grant Permission to Canadian-Indian Woman to Leave Saudi Arabia Immediately – Woman Forced to Stay in Saudi Arabia Against Her Will January 19, 2010. Ms. Quazi’s case is outlined in a HRW letter to Dr. Bandar al-‘Iban, Chairman of the Human Rights Commission.   More…

Human Rights Watch (HRW):  January 19, 2010   Letter to Canadian Embassy in Riyadh - Woman forced to stay in Saudi Arabia against her will.  More…

United Nations:  19 January 2010  The Committee on Elimination of Discrimination Against Women Meets with Ngos to  Discuss Strengthening Engagement. More…

Saudi Arabia: Criminal Justice Strengthened Shura Council Approves Legal Aid Program – Human Rights Watch News: January 14, 2010 (New York)   The program approved by the council on January 11, 2010 will appoint a lawyer at the state’s expense to any criminal defendant who cannot afford one. More… in Arabic in English

Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies  Press release January 10, 2010   Grave developments in Tunisia threaten the lives of human rights defenders More…  in Arabic in English

Saudi rights NGOs write to king about jailed activist  January 4, 2010: More…

The Fifth Dublin Platform for Human Rights Defenders, February 2010 More…

United States Commission on International Religious Freedom Annual Report 2010 FINDINGS on Saudi Arabia: More…

2009 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices – Saudi Arabia .   More…

Human Rights Watch Country Report on Saudi Arabia  – Events of 2009 : Issued January 2010 More… in English in Arabic