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Saudi Arabia: The Saudi Regime’s Other Victims

December 13, 2018

Dhahban Central Prison opened a few weeks after our visit, and many of the kingdom’s highest-profile detainees — including Mr. Badawi and his former lawyer, Waleed Abu al-Khair — were transferred there. Four months later, the arrest Fahad had been dreading finally came, and he was jailed at Dhahban, too. He is now serving a five-year prison term for “inciting hostility against the state” via tweets. His sentence includes a 10-year travel ban, which will begin following his release, as well as a lifelong writing ban.

https://www.indepthnews.net/index.php/global-citizenship/2324-right-livelihood-awards-to-visionary-global-citizens

https://www.pulse.com.gh/bi/politics/dozens-of-prominent-activists-have-been-held-for-months-in-saudi-arabia-without-charge-and-the-spotlight-on-the-kingdoms-human-rights-record-is-stronger-than-ever-id9128452.html

https://rinj.press/news-rinj-press/november-2018/orange-the-world-release-women-critics-in-saudi-gulags/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waleed_Abulkhair

https://arabi21.com/story/1140103/%D9%85%D9%86%D8%AD-%D9%86%D9%88%D8%A8%D9%84-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%A8%D8%AF%D9%8A%D9%84%D8%A9-%D9%84%D8%AB%D9%84%D8%A7%D8%AB%D8%A9-%D9%85%D8%B9%D8%AA%D9%82%D9%84%D9%8A%D9%86-%D8%B3%D8%B9%D9%88%D8%AF%D9%8A%D9%8A%D9%86-%D9%85%D9%86-%D9%87%D9%85-%D8%B4%D8%A7%D9%87%D8%AF (ARABIC)

https://www.letemps.ch/culture/jessaie-deviter-paranoia (FRANCAIS)

https://www.24heures.ch/monde/moyen-orient/Le-Nobel-alternatif-honore-a-Geneve-trois-Saoudiens-emprisonnes/story/26149252 (FRANCAIS)

https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waleed_Abu_al-Khair (FRANCAIS)

https://es.euronews.com/2018/11/24/tres-saudies-encarcelados-entre-los-galardonados-con-el-premio-nobel-alternativo (ESPANOL)

https://derstandard.at/2000092145354/Alternativnobelpreis-fuer-inhaftierte-Saudi-Aktivisten (DEUTSCH)

https://pt.euronews.com/2018/11/24/nobel-alternativo-distingue-ativistas-sociais (PORTUGUES)

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UAE/AI/Ludovic Trarieux Prize: Matthew Hedges: UAE called on to release dozens of free speech campaigners after UK academic’s pardon

November 26, 2018

Since 2011, the UAE has embarked on a “ruthless crackdown targeting human rights defenders, judges, lawyers, academics, students and journalists, apparently designed to stamp out all dissent in the country,” according to Amnesty International.

Rights groups are calling on the United Arab Emirates to release dozens of prisoners of conscience imprisoned in the country following the pardon of British academic Matthew Hedges.

Mr Hedges, a 31-year-old student at Durham University, was arrested in May while leaving Dubai airport after conducting research for his PhD thesis. He was charged with spying and held for five months in solitary confinement, before being sentenced to life in prison.

He denied all the charges, and following intense diplomatic pressure from the British government was granted a pardon by the UAE’s President Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

But following his release, Amnesty Internationalhas called for a renewed focus on other detainees held in the UAE, and a “far more robust position from the UK in defence of human rights across the entire Gulf region.”

“Matthew’s ordeal is a reminder that the UAE is a deeply repressive country which ruthlessly suppresses free speech and peaceful criticism, and we should spare a thought for Emirati prisoners of conscience like Ahmed Mansoor or Mohammed al-Roken who aren’t getting a pardon today,” said Kate Allen, Amnesty International UK’s Director.

Dr Mohammed al-Roken, a human rights lawyer, was arrested in 2012 in what Amnesty described as a “grossly unfair” trial of 94 reformists known as the UAE 94.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/matthew-hedges-uae-pardon-free-speech-campaign-ai-amnesty-a8653031.html

https://www.amnesty.org.uk/press-releases/matthew-hedges-pardon-huge-relief-goes-some-way-righting-wrong

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/matthew-hedges-pardoned-uae-spying-dubai-jailed-clemency-case-latest-a8651671.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mohammed_Al-Rukn

https://www.scholarsatrisk.org/

http://www.ludovictrarieux.org/uk-index.htm

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ludovic_Trarieux_International_Human_Rights_Prize (ENGLISH)

http://www.ludovictrarieux.org/ (FRANCAIS)

https://www.agoravox.it/Formula-1-negli-Emirati-Amnesty.html (ITALIANO)

Iran/Ludovic Trarieux Prize: اعتصاب غذای دوباره نسرین ستوده در اعتراض به رسیدگی نکردن به خواسته فرهاد میثمی

یک منبع مطلع به کمپین حقوق بشر در ایران گفت نسرین ستوده وکیل زندانی از تاریخ پنجم آذر ماه در اعتراض به رسیدگی نکردن مسوولان به وضعیت سامتی و بی‌توجهی به خواسته‌های فرهاد میثمی فعال حقوق مدنی دست به اعتصاب غذای «تر» زده است.

به گفته این منبع، نسرین ستوده اعلام کرده تا زمان رسیدگی به خواسته‌های فرهاد میثمی، دست از اعتصاب خود برنخواهد داشت. این منبع به کمپین گفت خواسته فرهاد میثمی «آزادی بی‌‌قید و شرط رضا خندان» است که از تاریخ  بازداشت شده و در بند چهار زندان اوین به سر می‌برد.

خانم ستوده پیش از این در اعتراض به فشارها بر روی اعضای خانواده و فشار و آزار بر روی اعضای خانواده و دوستانش از تاریخ سوم شهریور تا ۱۱ مهرماه دست به اعتصاب غذا تر زده بود. این دومین بار است که پس از بازداشت خانم ستوده او دست به اعتصاب زده است.

فرهاد میثمی پزشک و فعال حقوق بشر یک روز پس از بازداشتش از تاریخ ۱۰ مرداد ۹۷ در اعتراض به بازداشت غیرقانونی‌اش دست به اعتصاب غذا تر زد. بعدتر پس از بازداشت ر ضا خندان و برخی از دوستانش از تاریخ ۱۷ شهریور ماه اعتصاب خود را به خشک تبدیل کرد و در پیامی که از زندان فرستاد خواستار آزادی بی‌قید و شرط آنها شد.

پس از وخامت حال میثمی، مسوولان بند چهارم زندان اوین او را روز چهارم مهرماه برخلاف میلش به بهداری زندان منتقل کرده و تاکنون در اتاقی در مجاورت بهداری تحت کنترل و با تزریق سرم نگهداری می‌شود.

https://persian.iranhumanrights.org/1397/09/nasrin-sotoudehs-hunger-strike/?fbclid=IwAR1M34usopd9vEaobxGL7TP2RZ8oSaYpVgbHE7FIuxT9NITO5fE0JFd5UMo

https://www.radiofarda.com/a/b1-moghimi-on-reza-khandan-and-nasrin-sotoudeh-cases/29622273.html

https://iranians.global/prominent-rights-activist-goes-on-hunger-strike-in-iran-prison/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter (ENGLISH)

https://www.voanews.com/a/iran-doctors-protest/4675480.html (ENGLISH)

http://moderntokyotimes.com/iran-and-the-state-apparatus-that-crushes-dissent-elitist-oppression-and-evin-prison/ (ENGLISH)

https://women.ncr-iran.org/iran-women-news/5604-nasrin-sotoudeh-begins-hunger-strike-in-evin-prison (ENGLISH)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nasrin_Sotoudeh (ENGLISH)

http://www.ludovictrarieux.org/uk-index.htm (ENGLISH)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ludovic_Trarieux_International_Human_Rights_Prize (ENGLISH)

https://www.courrierinternational.com/article/cinema-la-permission-le-combat-dune-iranienne-pour-disputer-le-match-de-sa-vie (FRANCAIS)

http://www.ludovictrarieux.org/ (FRANCAIS)

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UAE/AI: End relentless crackdown on critics ahead of Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

November 19, 2018

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Ahead of the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand-Prix, which is set to take place between 23 and 25 November, the authorities in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) must step up to the modern image they want to project and unconditionally release all those who have been detained solely for peacefully criticizing the government.

“As the world tunes in to watch the final race of the Formula One Grand-Prix season and attend glitzy music concerts, they should know that the UAE authorities have also been racing to silence critics and human rights defenders,” said Samah Hadid, Amnesty International’s Middle East Campaigns Director.

Since 2011 the UAE authorities have embarked on a ruthless crackdown targeting human rights defenders, judges, lawyers, academics, students and journalists, in their efforts to stamp out dissent in the country. Many have been subjected to arbitrary detention, enforced disappearance, torture and unfair trials. As a result, critics and dissidents in the UAE are serving lengthy prison sentences simply for peacefully exercising their right to freedom of expression.

“Today, we call on Formula One Grand-Prix drivers, teams and performers to be the champions of human rights on the circuit and on the entertainment stage. They should be the voice of those who have been silenced and unfairly detained.

Amnesty International is campaigning for the release of the following prisoners of conscience in the UAE:

Dr Mohammed al-Roken is a prominent human rights lawyer and former president of the UAE’s Jurists Association who was arrested on 17 July 2012.  He was sentenced in July 2013 to 10 years’ imprisonment, following the grossly unfair trial of 94 reform advocates, which became known as the “UAE 94” trial.

Many of the UAE 94 defendants have alleged in court that they were tortured or otherwise ill-treated in pre-trial detention, where they were often held incommunicado for months in secret State Security detention facilities.

https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2018/11/uae-end-relentless-crackdown-on-critics-ahead-of-abu-dhabi-grand-prix/

https://www.amnesty.org.uk/press-releases/uae-call-grand-prix-drivers-and-fans-tweet-support-jailed-student-matthew-hedges

https://www.gc4hr.org/news/view/1993

http://www.echr.org.uk/mohammed-al-roken-0

https://www.gc4hr.org/news/view/1733

http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/node/27250

https://www.alaraby.co.uk/english/indepth/2018/11/20/as-the-uaes-authoritarianism-grows-western-governments-remain-silent

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mohammed_Al-Rukn

http://www.ludovictrarieux.org/uk-index.htm

http://www.ludovictrarieux.org/ (FRANCAIS)

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Iran: Nasrin Sotoudeh files a new complaint against Evin Prison officials

November 14, 2018

Nasrin Sotoudeh

Nasrin Sotoudeh, a lawyer and political prisoner at Evin Prison, filed a complaint against the head and the judicial deputy of Evin Prison on Sunday, November 11, 2018, for issuing a ban on her visiting rights.

Payam Derafshan, Nasrin Sotoudeh’s attorney, said on Sunday, “The lawsuit filed by Nasrin Sotoudeh against the head and the judicial deputy of Evin Prison was accepted by the Court of Government Employees and referred to the Inspector’s First Branch for investigation.”

After filing the complaint, Mr. Derafshan and Ms. Sotoudeh’s other lawyer appeared before the Inspector’s, explaining the illegal measures of the head and the judicial deputy of Evin Prison. (The official IRNA news agency – November 11, 2018)

Nasrin Sotoudeh, a prominent lawyer and political prisoner, was arrested in June this year after security forces attacked and raided her home. She was taken to Evin Prison. Ms. Sotoudeh was arrested for defending protesters against the compulsory veil.

In October, Nasrin Sotoudeh filed a complaint with the State Security Force Court for Judges against Mohammad Moghisseh, the judge presiding her case.

Payam Derafshan explained that Nasrin Sotoudeh has accused Mohammad Moghisseh of issuing verdicts outside the jurisdiction of the indictment, breaching impartiality in the due process, and ordering illegal arrests, in addition to a number of other breaches. (The official IRNA news agency – September 30, 2018)

According to the testimony of former political prisoners, Mohammad Moghisseh, alias Nasserian, was an interrogator in the 1980s. He presently presides over Branch 28 of the Revolutionary Court.

Moghisseh has accused Nasrin Sotoudeh of disseminating propaganda against the state, insulting the mullahs’ supreme leader, and espionage.

https://women.ncr-iran.org/iran-women-news/5566-nasrin-sotoudeh-files-a-new-complaint-against-evin-prison-officials?fbclid=IwAR27kZHu6dYEQRseYRuW01YUKCa5H5QP7Lljw3fplkG9RQh35yEdX_Mi3DM

https://www.iranhumanrights.org/2018/11/banning-imprisoned-lawyer-nasrin-sotoudeh-from-seeing-her-children-is-cruel-and-unlawful/

https://www.fairobserver.com/region/middle_east_north_africa/iranian-leaders-iran-censorship-banned-websites-middle-east-news-49029/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nasrin_Sotoudeh

http://www.ludovictrarieux.org/uk-index.htm

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ludovic_Trarieux_International_Human_Rights_Prize

https://persian.iranhumanrights.org/1397/08/iranian-authorities-should-stop-harassing-imprisoned-human-rights-lawyer-nasrin-sotoudeh/?fbclid=IwAR11k9vaKG0iBsBPGP-AzTN3OAKs6oOd5nSsgv6jBrRrInguGijAgmpF-qo (FARSI)

http://www.ludovictrarieux.org/ (FRANCAIS)

https://www.dn.se/kultur-noje/regimens-metoder-biter-inte-pa-nasrin-sotoudeh/ (SWEDISH)

http://www.gp.se/kultur/kultur/nasrin-sotoudeh-f%C3%A5r-%C3%A5rets-tucholskypris-1.10274197 (SWEDISH)

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Saudi Arabia/Right Livelihood Award: ‘Alternative Nobel’ urges freedom for 3 Saudi activists

November 14, 2018

2018 Right Livelihood Award Laureates Abdullah Al-Hamid, Waleed Abu Al-Khair and Mohammad Fahad Al-Qahtani. Photo Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0/Ahmed al-Osaimi (Blurred from Original)

The Right Livelihood Award — known as the “Alternative Nobel” — appealed Wednesday on Saudi Arabia to free three jailed human rights defenders and recipients of this year’s prize.

The foundation also urged that the kingdom stop “harassing and killing those who fight” for democracy. Ole von Uexkull, foundation head, said the three jailed Saudi men had “acted through peaceful means” in their activism.

Created in 1980, the annual Right Livelihood Award honors efforts that the prize founder, Swedish-German philanthropist Jakob von Uexkull, felt were being ignored by the Nobel prizes.

In September, the 1 million kronor ($110) cash award was given to three Saudi activists — Abdullah al-Hamid, Mohammad Fahad al-Qahtani and Waleed Abu al-Khair. The honorary award was given to two Latin American anti-corruption crusaders — Thelma Aldana of Guatemala and Colombia’s Ivan Velasquez.

The foundation said two family members and Yahya Assiri, another Saudi rights activist, will attend the award ceremony planned in Stockholm next week.

Al-Qahtani and al-Hamid are founding activists of the Saudi Association for Civil and Political Rights, known by its Arabic acronym HASEM. In 2013, they were sentenced to 10 and 11 years respectively. Soon after, other verdicts followed against nearly a dozen members. The sentences came in the wake of the 2011 Arab Spring uprisings in the Mideast.

The third Saudi recipient, activist and lawyer Al-Khair, defended a blogger sentenced to prison and lashings over his posts. Al-Khair was arrested in 2014 for signing a statement with dozens of others calling for reforms in the kingdom. He later received a 15-year sentence for “disobeying the ruler” and “harming the reputation of the state by communicating with international organizations,” likely over his work as an outspoken activist.

https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/alternative-nobel-urges-freedom-saudi-activists-59185344

https://www.wral.com/-alternative-nobel-urges-freedom-for-3-saudi-activists/17993697/

https://www.nwaonline.com/news/2018/nov/15/saudis-urged-free-3-human-rights-activists-honored/

https://www.rightlivelihoodaward.org/media/calling-for-the-release-of-the-saudi-laureates-of-the-2018-right-livelihood-award/

https://www.hrw.org/news/2018/11/15/saudi-arabia-rights-abuses-under-scrutiny

https://www.rightlivelihoodaward.org/

http://www.ludovictrarieux.org/uk-index.htm

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ludovic_Trarieux_International_Human_Rights_Prize

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waleed_Abulkhair

https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waleed_Abu_al-Khair (FRANCAIS)

http://www.ludovictrarieux.org/ (FRANCAIS)

http://pulsoslp.com.mx/2018/11/14/nobel-alternativo-pide-liberacion-de-sauditas-galardonados-este-ano/ (ESPANOL)

https://www.radiohelsinki.fi/podcastit/missa-sailytamme-elamaa/ (FINNISH)

UAE/UK: Amnesty UK throws birthday party in Manchester for two activists locked up in the UAE

November 14, 2018

The Manchester chapter of Amnesty International (AI) celebrated the birthdays of two human rights activists being detained in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Members of the public and policymakers were invited to St Peter’s Square for birthday cake and to sign the petition calling for the political activists’ immediate release.

An oversized birthday card for the human rights defenders was brought to the square to be signed.

Labour Party Councillor for Burnage, Ben Clay, arrived to sign the card and show his support for the two activists.

Speaking with Mancunian MattersCouncillor Clay said: “These abuses bring shame upon the government of the UAE, and also upon those who have dealings with them.”

Dr Al-Roken is a human rights lawyer sentenced to ten years in prison in July 2013 after criticising the UAE’s leaders and its policies.

http://www.mancunianmatters.co.uk/content/141177765-amnesty-uk-throws-birthday-party-manchester-two-activists-locked-uae

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/05/lawyer-mohammed-al-roken-awarded-human-rights-prize-170528103532469.html

https://www.ifex.org/united_arab_emirates/2018/02/07/un-recommendations/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mohammed_Al-Rukn

http://www.ludovictrarieux.org/uk-index.htm

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ludovic_Trarieux_International_Human_Rights_Prize

http://www.ludovictrarieux.org/ (FRANCAIS)