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Last update: 5 / 1 / 2013 - 2:18 PM   KSA
Activists and intellectuals have petitioned Saudi authorities to free a prominent author two weeks after he was detained over tweets deemed insulting to the Prophet Mohammad, campaigners said on Thursday. Turki al-Hamad, one of the best known liberal thinkers and writers ... [Details]
Princess Sara bint Talal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud says she faces persecution by members of her family and also some of Saudi Arabia's authorities. The mother-of-four says she has applied to the Home Office for political asylum. She moved to the ... [Details]
Textbooks teaching Saudi Arabian students that hands and feet should be cut off for crimes are creating anger in the international community, experts say. The Institute for Gulf Affairs, a conservative think tank based in Washington, D.C., said the textbooks are ... [Details]
The family of an Australian man jailed in Saudi Arabia appealed their father's sentence of 500 lashes for blasphemy because they say it will kill him. Mansor Almaribe, 45, a Shiite Muslim and father of five living in Victoria, was on ... [Details]
The Gulf Centre for Human Rights calls on the Saudi authorities to immediately release five Human Rights defenders. The Centre also condemns the extrajudicial detention and constant harassment of human rights defenders and bloggers in the Kingdom. Four human rights ... [Details]
Saudi women with attractive eyes may be forced to cover them up, the news website Bikya Masr reported, in a move that could mark the latest repressive measure taken against women by the Islamic state. A spokesperson for Saudi Arabia's Committee ... [Details]
A prominent half-brother of Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah has resigned from the Allegiance Council, the body responsible for overseeing succession in the world's top oil exporter, according to his website. Prince Talal bin Abdulaziz, father of billionaire Alwaleed bin Talal, is ... [Details]
A popular Saudi video blogger was detained this week, along with his crew, after his report on poverty in the kingdom’s capital, Riyadh, was viewed hundreds of thousands of times on YouTube, human rights activists said. The blogger, Feras Bugnah, was ... [Details]
A Saudi woman has been sentenced to 10 lashes for driving, just days after King Abdullah granted women the right to vote and run for municipal office. A quick look at Saudi Arabia's human rights record. King Abdullah’s decision this week ... [Details]
The US has classified Saudi Arabia as a violator of religious freedom along with China, Afghanistan, Russia and Pakistan in a new report that names several US allies. The International Religious Freedom Report, which covers the six - month period ... [Details]
Human Rights Watch called on Saudi Arabian authorities Sunday to immediately drop charges against prominent Saudi human rights activist Walid Abu al-Khair... [Details]
A Saudi Arabian activist group is urging international rights organizations to seek fact-finding visits with a jailed Shiite cleric. His arrest on anti-state charges has sharply escalated tensions in Saudi Arabia’s restive eastern region. Sunday’s statement by the Al-Sharaq Human Rights ... [Details]
A Saudi man was killed and his wife and two children were injured when their car crashed off a bridge while being pursued by religious police in the conservative Islamic kingdom, a spokesman for the religious police said on ... [Details]
A prominent Shi'ite Muslim cleric who was wanted by the police was detained in Saudi Arabia's Eastern Province on Sunday over calls for more rights for the minority Muslim sect in the Sunni monarchy, his brother and an activist said. Early ... [Details]
Saudi security forces killed two protesters when they opened fire on a march in the oil-producing Eastern Province, home to a large Shia minority. Zuhair al-Said, 21, was killed as security forces dispersed a protest on Friday against the death of another Shiite demonstrator the previous day, activists said. [Details]
Saudi security forces killed a young protester and wounded three in the kingdom's oil-producing Eastern Province, home to a large Shi'ite Muslim minority, websites and activists said on Friday. Saudi Arabia, the world's No. 1 oil exporter, is sensitive to any ... [Details]
Saudi Arabia has ordered the arrest of 23 Shi'ite Muslims in the kingdom's Eastern Province who it says were responsible for unrest that has led to shootings and protests in recent weeks, the Interior Ministry said on Monday. The Sunni-ruled kingdom ... [Details]
Four people have been injured in an attack by Saudi security forces in the town of Awamiyah in Eastern Province. Security forces also reportedly used live ammunition during the attack on Tuesday. The hospital where the injured are being treated ... [Details]
When activists put out the call for a “Day of Rage" in Saudi Arabia on March 11, only one man showed up outside the courthouse in Riyadh. Khaled Johani, a 40-year-old teacher, told journalists that he knew what was coming for ... [Details]
Saudi Arabia has refused to allow Australian officials to visit a Shepparton man and father of five held in prison in the oil-rich kingdom for almost three weeks after being accused of blasphemy. The family of Mansor Almaribe – detained in ... [Details]
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