The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) draws your attention to the appeal made in 2007 into the case of Rizana Nafeek, who went to Saudi Arabia as a maid when she was 17 years old and who was sentenced to death by a Saudi court on the allegation that she had killed an infant of her employer. However, she completely denied the charges and explained that the death occurred as an accident by suffocation while she was bottle feeding the child. As a result of intervention by human rights organisations an appeal was filed on her behalf and the death sentence was set aside.

 في يوم الأربعاء الموافق 2010/10/13 بدأت حملة حقوقية واسعة لطلب الإفراج عن السجينة ظلماً سمر محمد بدوي بأمر القاضي رئيس المحكمة الجزئية عبد الله العثيم ، وطالبت الحملة بمحاسبة هذا القاضي الذي أودع سمر السجن مدة ستة شهور ونصف دون محاكمة أو حتى استدعاء لجلسة واحدة، مزوراً بذلك أمر قبض يفتري فيه على قرار وزير الداخلية 1900 الخاص بالجرائم الموجبة للتوقيف من أن العقوق من موجباته، رغم أنه لم ينص إلا ،على ضرب الوالدين وسمر هي المعنفة بتقرير الحاكم الإداري الأمير خالد الفيصل

  (نيويورك) - قالت هيومن رايتس ووتش في تقرير أصدرته اليوم إن على الملك عبد الله أن يبذل المزيد من الجهد لكي يحول إصلاحاته - الرمزية إلى حد بعيد حتى الآن - إلى ضمانات مؤسسية. وقالت هيومن رايتس ووتش إن تحويل الملك لوعوده إلى قوانين هو الضامن لاستدامة المكاسب للمواطنين.

King Abdullah should do more to transform his reforms - largely symbolic so fa r - into institutional guarantees, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. By turning promises into law the monarch can secure lasting gains for his citizens, Human Rights Watch said.

The Canadian government says it cannot bring home a Quebec woman who claims her husband is refusing to allow her and her three children to leave Saudi Arabia. Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon discussed the case of Nathalie Morin with his Saudi counterpart during a visit to Saudi Arabia on Saturday. After his return from Riyadh, Cannon said he considered the case to be a private matter that must be resolved by Saudi officials.

Les derniers évènements, qui ont caractérisé le retour des pèlerins algériens des Lieux saints de l’islam, ont occupé aussi bien l’opinion publique nationale que les pouvoirs publics, faisant l’impasse sur un autre fait majeur grave qui s’est déroulé cette année à La Mecque.

A Saudi couple tortured their Sri Lankan maid by hammering 24 nails into her hands, legs and forehead, after she complained of a too heavy workload, officials said today. Nearly 2 million Sri Lankans sought employment overseas last year and around 1.4 million, mostly maids, were employed in the Middle East. Many have complained of physical abuse or harassment. LT Ariyawathi, a 49-year old mother of three, returned home on Friday after five months in Saudi Arabia.

Far from calling the Saudi king on his awful record on human rights and women’s issues, the president is pushing a huge arms deal and heaping praise on the monarch. He’s not only continuing Bush’s soft Saudi policy—he’s surpassing it. In the next two months, Congress will be asked to give formal approval to a staggering new arms deal with Saudi Arabia. Valued at $30 billion, the deal includes selling the Saudis state-of-the-art missile technology, jets, ships, and helicopters. “Saudi is a key country for us and we continue to work hard,” Navy Vice Admiral Jeffrey Wieringa, director of the U.S. agency that oversees foreign military sales, said last month.

Want to know whether your wife, sister or daughter has left the county? Well, in Saudi Arabia, there's an app for that. Reportedly, male guardians or mahrams in Saudi Arabia are now receiving text message notifications when their female charges leave the country unaccompanied. "iMahram", a friend of mine jokingly called it. According to Wajeha al-Huwaider, a Saudi female activist, when she left the kingdom for a holiday with her family, her husband received a text message from the foreign ministry notifying him that she had departed.

The Hadi al-Mutif Program for Human Rights at the Institute for Gulf Affairs is launching a multi-year international campaign this week to raise awareness on the status of women in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.  Saudi Arabia is one of the world’s worst violators of women’s rights, as the state declares women legally inferior to men. 

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