Rights organization urges UN to investigate serious human rights abuses in Saudi Arabia

Rights organization urges UN to investigate serious human rights abuses in Saudi Arabia

An independent Swiss-based human rights organization has voiced serious concern about grave human rights violations in Saudi Arabia, calling on the United Nations to hold Saudi authorities to account over various forms of torture being perpetrated in the kingdom.

Alkarama, in a petition submitted to the UN Committee Against Torture (CAT), stated that serious human rights violations have been committed in Saudi Arabia since 2016.

It stated that the body of independent experts, which monitors implementation of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment by its State parties, should investigate human rights abuses in the kingdom.

It also called on the CAT to shed light on the fate of prominent human rights defenders like Saud Mukhtar al-Hashimi, Mohammed Abdullah al-Otaibi, Mohammed Mana Ahmad al-Qahtani and Waleed Sami Abulkhairm, who are being held behind bars despite international criticism.

Karama also called on the UN committee to hold the Saudi government to account for the…

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