Women’s March Global Joins 50+ Human Rights Group to Publicly Address Saudi Arabia’s Human Rights Violations

Women’s March Global has joined 50 other human rights group to compose a letter to 30 Ministers of Foreign Affairs of States calling on the UN Member States to adopt a resolution at the 40th session of UN Human Rights Council to explicitly call for the immediate release of Saudi Human Rights Defenders and to establish a monitoring mechanism over the human rights violations in the country.

Recent reports suggest that those detained have not been given access to legal representation and have been subject to numerous forms of torture including electric shocks, sexual threats, sexual harassment, waterboarding, and flogging.

The intent of the letter is to bring awareness to this issue globally. And we hope the release of this letter in time for the 40th session of the Human Rights Council will remind world leaders that the time to act is NOW!

Read the letter in Arabic and English.

GCHR, ISHR, CIVICUS, Equality Now and Women’s March Global work in a coalition to help free Saudi women human rights defenders, and all of the event organisers signed a letter to over 30 Ministers of Foreign Affairs calling on UN Member States to adopt a resolution at the 40th session of the UN HRC calling explicitly for the immediate and unconditional release of the detained Saudi women human rights defenders and to establish a monitoring mechanism over the human rights violations in the country.

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You can watch the video of the UNHRC side event at https://www.facebook.com/WorldOrganisationAgainstTorture/videos/417864755644607/

and see the Twitter discussion at https://twitter.com/i/moments/1102560588784459777

Read new report on torture of Saudi WHRD.


Tenzin Kyisarh is the Communications Manager for Women’s March Global.