At Gikondo they beat us with clubs on our heads and the backs of our feet. They said that as long as we live on the streets, they will beat us.
– Former 15-year-old male Gikondo detainee, May 2019.
For over a…
“With young Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s rise to power, he promised an embrace of social and economic reform. He spoke of making our country more open and tolerant and promised that he would address the things that hold back…
“[The Saudi justice system] is like a web and once you are caught in it, it is difficult to get out.”
—Ghulam, former Pakistani detainee in Saudi Arabia
Saudi officials vigorously defend the country’s criminal…
They came into my cell, took my handcuffs off and covered my eyes. Then they walked me out and into the bush on a path I did not know. They put me on my knees, tied a shirt around my arms and said, “Now it is too late for you.” They took out…
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia traces its origins to a 1744 pact between a religious leader Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab, and the Al Saud family, under which al-Wahhab’s movement enabled the Saudi rulers to expand their political…
We all have to live in the borders of the boxes our dads or husbands draw for us.
—Zahra, 25-year-old Saudi woman, April 7, 2016
It can mess with your head and the way you look at yourself. How do you respect yourself or how [can…
Everyone here in Kigali can be arrested and taken to Kwa Kabuga.
When you spend a day without being arrested, you say God has been good.
−Former detainee in Gikondo Transit Center, Kigali, March 2014…
On March 26, 2015, a nine-member coalition of states led by Saudi Arabia began an air campaign in Yemen against the forces of Ansar Allah – commonly known as the Houthis. In the preceding months, the Houthis, a Zaidi Shia armed…
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Rwanda is about to complete one of the most
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Rights Reform: A Contentious Field
the Saudi Human Rights…
Returned to Risk
Deportation of HIV-Positive Migrants
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Additional Human Rights and Humanitarian Protections…
A pilgrimage of Saudi Shia to Medina in February 2009 to
observe the anniversary of the Prophet Muhammad's death led to clashes between
the pilgrims and Saudi security forces. Those forces included the non-uniformed
Human Rights and Saudi Arabia’s Counterterrorism Response
Religious Counseling, Indefinite
Detention, and Flawed Trials
Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
I. Summary and Recommendations
The Ismailis, a religious and ethnic minority with historic
roots in Najran province of southwestern Saudi Arabia, face increasing threats
to their identity as a result of official discrimination…