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Nobel Laureates write to the Saudi king asking him to halt the execution of 14 Shia activists
The accused were arrested in 2012 during the Arab Spring. Activists and civil society groups warn that the execution is imminent. Pleaders ask Salman to show a merciful face and correct a great injustice. The ultraconservative kingdom has one of the world's highest rates of execution.
24/05/2008 SAUDI ARABIA
A film festival in a land without movie theatres
The event marks a significant step in Saudi Arabia where movie theatres are banned and DVDs are censored. Unusually for a place like Saudi Arabia, men and women were in the same hall, albeit separated by a glass partition.
27/05/2008 SAUDI ARABIA
Forced to divorce, Saudi couple appeals to UN
A religious tribunal heeds divorce request by the wife’s brother on the grounds that her husband is from a tribal group that was not prestigious enough. The case has led to the involvement of a UN expert on the matter but to no effect. It has also highlighted the singular plight of divorced non-Saudi women.
20/01/2009 SAUDI ARABIA
Arab petrochemical and real estate giants in crisis
In Kuwait City Arab states call for greater economic integration but postpone major decisions. Leading Arab petrochemical giant sees net income drop 95 per cent.
18/06/2008 SAUDI ARABIA
Riyadh announces plan to rehabilitate inmates
Interior Ministry illustrate plan in response to concerns voiced by the Saudi National Human Rights Society on prison conditions.
26/01/2007 SAUDI ARABIA
Riyadh should “stop religious persecution of Ahmadis”
In an open letter to the king of Saudi Arabia, Human Rights Watch calls for an end to the wave of arrests, detentions and deportations against the Ahmadi community, which is considered heretical by Islamic extremists.
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