MBS Escalates Crackdown After 5 Years at Helm (Part 2)

MBS Escalates Crackdown After 5 Years at Helm (Part 2)

MBS Escalates Crackdown After 5 Years at Helm (Part 2)
MBS Escalates Crackdown After 5 Years at Helm (Part 2)

Here is a list of the main violations reported during MBS’ rule over the past five years:

August 2018:

In August 2018, the Public Prosecution requested the death penalty against human rights defender Israa Al-Ghomgham, in a dangerous precedent in the country, as it is the first time that the Public Prosecution has requested the death penalty against an activist woman.

October 2018:

On October 2, 2018, journalist Jamal Khashoggi disappeared from the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul. Days later, information indicated that he had been killed.

February 2019:

In February 2019, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial or summary executions, Agnes Callamard, confirmed that Saudi officials, including Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, had ordered the killing of Jamal Khashoggi.

April 2019:

On April 4, 2019, Saudi Arabia arrested at least fifteen writers, bloggers, and activists, in addition to reports of other numbers, according to various sources.

On April 23, without the knowledge of the families of the victims, the Saudi government published horrific news that included the execution of 37 prisoners, including minors, demonstrators, and the disabled.

May 2019:

On May 11, 2019, the Presidency of State Security carried out a violent raid that lasted for 7 hours, during which it killed 8 people and caused extensive property damage in the town of Sanabis on Tarut Island, in the east of the country.

August 2019:

In August 2018, the Public Prosecution requested the crucifixion of Murtaja Al-Qurairis, the youngest political prisoner in the country, based on accusations leveled against him when he was 11 years old.

September 2019:

In September 2019, the family of the child Nawar Khaled Al-Anazi, who belongs to the Bedoon category, published a video clip of her crying after being expelled from school on the first day of school for not having identification papers.

October 2019:

On October 27, 2019, the Criminal Court in the Tabuk region, northern Saudi Arabia, issued a ruling to kill the child Abdullah Al-Hwaiti, who was arrested when he was 14 years old.

January 2020:

On January 22, 2020, special rapporteurs from the Human Rights Council expressed their grave concern over the information they received regarding Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s violation of international human rights standards by publishing digital programs to monitor the owner of the Washington Post and Amazon CEO, Jeffrey Bezos.

April 2020:

On April 13, 2020, the government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia killed Abdul Rahman Al-Hwaiti just hours after he posted a video on social media expressing his rejection of the forced eviction, which is taking place as part of the government’s “NEOM” project.

On April 27, 2020, the official Human Rights Commission in Saudi Arabia announced that children are no longer subject to the death penalty. Based on a royal decree, the commission stated that anyone convicted of crimes that occurred when they were under the age of 18 would face a maximum sentence of ten years in a juvenile prison.

On April 24, 2020, human rights defender Dr. Abdullah Al-Hamid died in the hospital, after a series of medical negligence in detention.

June 2020:

On June 3, 2020, Saudi Arabia arrested a famous Snapchat influencer known as Abu Al-Feda, because of his reference to measures to combat the Covid-19 pandemic.

July 2020:

On July 19, 2020, journalist Saleh al-Shehi died, a month after his sudden release, and information indicated that his health had deteriorated in prison.

October 2020:

Saudi Arabia failed to obtain membership in the United Nations Human Rights Council (2021-2023)

On October 26, 2020, activist Loujain Al-Hathloul announced a hunger strike in protest against her prolonged detention and prison conditions.

December 2020:

On December 7, 2020, security forces stormed the home of the prominent cleric Mr. Hashem and arrested him.

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