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Switzerland | Amnesty International: To Immediately Release Women Human Rights Defenders in Saudi Arabia


Amnesty International called for the immediate and unconditional release of women human rights defenders and all other defenders facing trial for their peaceful human rights work, expressing concern persistent refusal to address the systemic discrimination against minorities, women, and migrants workers.

"One year after the arbitrary detention of leading Saudi women human rights defenders Amnesty International calls for the immediate and unconditional release of Lujain al-Hathoul, Eman al-Nafjan, Aziza al-Yousuf, Samar Badawi, Nasima al-Sadda, and all other human rights defenders facing trial for their peaceful human rights work." Amnesty International spokeswomen said in her statement on Thursday at the 40th session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva.

She added "we welcome Saudi Arabia's acceptance of a number of recommendations including to ratify the governance, we are concerned however by its persistent refusal to address the systemic discrimination against minorities, women, and migrants workers."

"In the first council session after the extra-judicial execution of Jamal Khashoggi, we deeply regret the authorities rejection of recommendation to collaborate with a team of independent experts to investigate his death." She said.

The spokeswomen added that the "court continues to impose death sentences and carry out executions following grossly on fair trials including against individuals under 18 at the time of their offense."

"We regret Saudi rejection of recommendations to abolish the death penalty and call on the government to immediately establish a moratorium on executions." She affirmed.

She further highlighted that "no independent human rights organization have been able to register under the law of associations and civil defenders have been prosecuted for establishing human rights organizations."

"The authorities claim that freedom of expression and association is guaranteed in the law on associations but rejected recommendations to bring it in line with international standards." She stressed.