Human rights organization urges UN to investigate serious human rights violations in Saudi Arabia

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An independent Swiss-based human rights organization has expressed serious concerns over serious human rights violations in Saudi Arabia, calling on the United Nations to hold Saudi authorities to account for various forms of torture perpetrated in the kingdom.

Alkarama, in a petition submitted to the United Nations Committee against Torture (CAT), said serious human rights violations have been committed in Saudi Arabia since 2016.

He said the body of independent experts, which monitors the implementation of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment by its states parties, should investigate human rights violations in the kingdom.

He also called on the CAT to shed light on the plight of prominent human rights defenders like Saud Mukhtar al-Hashimi, Mohammed Abdullah al-Otaibi, Mohammed Mana Ahmad al-Qahtani and Waleed Sami Abulkhairm, who are being held behind bars. despite international criticism. .

Karama also called on the UN committee to hold the Saudi government to account for the plight of pro-democracy activists sentenced to life imprisonment.

The petition comes as the CAT has already compiled a list of issues the Riyadh regime is expected to address under the United Nations Convention against Torture in its third review.

The list would ensure a constructive dialogue with Saudi officials when the committee undertakes its next review, and invites the authorities to provide explanations on specific issues.

Since Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman became Saudi Arabia’s de facto ruler in 2017, the kingdom has stepped up arrests of activists, bloggers, intellectuals and others seen as political opponents, causing evidence of almost zero tolerance for dissent, even in the face of international condemnation of repression.

Muslim academics have been executed and women’s rights activists have been put behind bars and tortured as freedoms of expression, association and belief continue to be violated.

Last September, a human rights organization expressed serious concern about the willful medical negligence committed against political dissidents held in detention centers across Saudi Arabia.

Human rights organization Sanad, which defends political and civil rights in Saudi Arabia and monitors human rights violations and exposes them to public opinion and international organizations, said Saudi prison authorities are depriving deliberately seeking medical care as part of their policy of abuse and killing them silently.

While all governments are obligated under international law to protect human beings from human rights violations and to guarantee their freedom and dignity, the Saudi authorities’ repressive policies against imprisoned activists have considerably undermined these principles, noted Sanad.

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