Copenhagen Denmark. Geneva Council for Human Rights and Justice (GCHJ) organized a human rights seminar on “Human Rights in Saudi Arabia, Repression, Oppression and Injustice” on Sunday in Copenhagen, Denmark.
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A number of human rights activists, such as Representative of Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrai (ADHRB) Hani Al-Rayes, Journalist and human rights activist Ali Al-Belawi, President of the Syrian Association Ibrahim Ismail, in addition to the writer and media and public relations coordinator Ali Yahya who delivered a speech.
The seminar discussed religious and cultural political freedoms in Saudi Arabia, the control of the royal court and some members of the ruling family on all aspects of the decision in the Kingdom and on the sources of national wealth, women’s issues in Saudi Arabia, the ruling family’s control of the changes and new international changes and globalization with the 2030 vision approved by the Crown Prince, in addition to Saudi involvement in Back flagrant violations of human rights in Yemen, Libya, Syria, Bahrain and elsewhere.
Political activist of the party Social Democratic Party of Denmark Sten Johanns called for Saudi women’s equality with men like Danish women who fought for their rights since the beginning of the 20th century. Mr. Johanns stated that Saudi Arabia continued to repress pro-reform activists and peaceful dissidents. In early 2017, authorities arrested human rights activists Essam Koshak, Issa al-Nukheifi, Ali Shaban, and Ahmed al-Musheikhis. Authorities eventually referred Koshak and al-Nukheifi for trial in the country’s notorious Specialized Criminal Court, the country’s counterterrorism tribunal, on charges solely related to their human rights work. Saudi Arabia continues to use 2014 counterterrorism regulations to suppress political expression and dissent.
Speaking on the issue of Human right crisis especially freedom of Expression in Saudi Arabia Mr Hani Al-Rayes who is the head of Americans for Democracy & Human Rights (ADHRB) said that Saudi authorities continued their arbitrary arrests, trials, and convictions of peaceful dissidents. Dozens of human rights defenders and activists continued to serve long prison sentences for criticizing authorities or advocating political and rights reforms. Authorities continued to discriminate against women and religious minorities.
Over a dozen prominent activists convicted on charges arising from their peaceful activities were serving long prison sentences. Prominent activist Waleed Abu al-Khair continued to serve a 15-year sentence imposed by Saudi Arabia’s Specialized Criminal Court that convicted him in 2014 on charges stemming solely from his peaceful criticism in media interviews and on social media of human rights abuses. Prominent blogger Raif Badawi served the fourth year of his 10-year sentence, but authorities did not flog him in 2016 and 2017, as they previously did in January 2015. He added