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Human rights group voices concerns over lives of death-row inmates in Saudi Arabia

January 23, 2024

The European Saudi Organization for Human Rights (ESOHR) recently revealed in a report what it described as “suspicious movements” in the vicinity of Dammam Prison in Saudi Arabia, which it linked to news of the filming of some death-row inmates.

The organization said in a statement published on its official account on Twitter and viewed by Shia Waves Agency, “Today, a suspicious movement was monitored near Dammam Prison, such as surrounding it with ambulances and civil defense vehicles and closing the road around it.”

The organization added that these manifestations coincided with news of the filming of some death-row inmates, and the organization had monitored at least 66 people threatened with execution, including three with final judgments and nine minors.

The same organization had shed light in a report on human rights violations in Saudi Arabia, specifically women’s rights and the suppression of freedom of expression.

In a human rights observation, the organization confirmed the presence of at least 52 women in the Kingdom’s prisons, including political prisoners who were imposed by the authorities with harsh prison sentences of up to 90 years.

Saudi Arabia faces major human rights criticism from many organizations due to the tightening of freedom of expression and the arrest of a large number of opponents, and the severity of these criticisms increased and international organizations came out to condemn Saudi repressive policies, following the assassination of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018 at the Kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul.


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