Saudi Civil and Political Rights Association The Saudi Civil and Political Rights Association
: جمعية الحقوق المدنية والسياسية في السعودية
) is a Saudi Arabian human rightsnon-governmental organisation
created in 2009.
On 9 March 2013, the Saudi court sentenced two of its prominent leaders to at least 10 years in prison for "offences that included sedition and giving inaccurate information to foreign media", while dissolving the group.
The association is also known in Arabic by its acronym HASEM.
Saudi Civil and Political Rights Association (ACPRA)
ACPRA was created in 2009 by 11 human rights activists and academics in response to what was seen as a worsening human rights
situation in Saudi Arabia.
The 11 founders are Professor Abdulkareem Yousef al-Khathar, Dr. Abdulrahman Hamid al-Hamid, Professor Abdullah H. al-Hamid
, who is a former professor of comparative literature
and founding member of the Committee for the Defense of Legitimate Rights
, Fahad Abdulaziz Ali al-Orani, Fowzan Mohsen al-Harbi, Easa Hamid al-Hamid, Mhana Mohammed al-Faleh, Dr. Mohammad Fahad al-Qahtani
, Mohammad Hamad al-Mohaisen,
Mohammed Saleh al-Bejadi
and Saud Ahmed al-Doughaither.
It aims to promote human rights awareness, focussing on the 1948 United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights
and related international human rights instruments, it calls for an elected parliament and the creation of legal institutions to support transparency and accountability. The ACPRA also calls for laws to protect minority rights and intends to document human rights violations.
Structure and leadership
Statements and reports
ACPRA members on trial in Riyadh
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- ^ a b "While the Saudi elite looks nervously abroad, a revolution is happening". The Guardian. 2011-04-11. Archived from the original on 2011-04-17. Retrieved 2012-03-13.
- ^ a b "ACPRA demands the immediate unconditional release of its co-founder, Mohammed Al-Bjady". Saudi Civil and Political Rights Association. March 2011. Archived from the original on 2011-03-24. Retrieved 2011-03-24.
- ^ "Saudi court dissolves rights group, sentences activists to jail". PressTV. March 9, 2013.
- ^ Reuters. "Saudi court jails two activists for 10 years". ArabianBusiness.com.
- ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-12-26. Retrieved 2018-04-03.
- ^ "Saudi rights NGOs write to king about jailed activist". Thomson Reuters. March 2011. Archived from the original on 2013-02-01. Retrieved 2011-03-25.
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- ^ a b "Saudi Arabia ramps up clampdown on human rights activists". Amnesty International. 2012-06-18. Archived from the original on 2012-06-18. Retrieved 2012-07-20.
- ^ "Saudi Arabia: Prominent Human Rights Defender Risks 5 Years of Prison for cooperating with the UN". Alkarama. 2012-06-29. Archived from the original on 2012-07-20. Retrieved 2012-07-20.
- ^ Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS) (2012-07-02). "Escalating crackdown on rights defenders". IFEX. Archived from the original on 2012-09-23. Retrieved 2012-07-20.
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