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Saudi Arabia executes member of royal family for murder

SHAFAQNA - Saudi Arabia on Tuesday executed a member of the royal family for murder, in a rare case involving one of the thousands of members of the House of Saud. "Prince Turki bin Saud al-Kabir was put to death in the capital Riyadh for…

Death sentence for Shia activist by Saudi court

SHAFAQNA- Saudi Arabia’s Court of Cassation endorsed Saturday a death sentence handed down to an activist from the Shia community, four months after the execution of a respected cleric by Riyadh sparked international outrage. Saudi Arabia’s…

Sheikh Nimr Al-Nimr- The Man Behind A Movement

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SHAFAQNA - Sheikh Nimr  al-Nimr, commonly referred to as Sheikh Nimr was an independent Shia Sheikh in al-Awamiyah, Eastern Province, Saudi Arabia. He was popular among youth and critical of the Saudi Arabian government during the 2011–2012…

Saudi teen held incommunicado ahead of excecution

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SHAFAQNA - ESOHR (European Saudi Organisation for Human Rights) would like to express their deep concern regarding the sudden transfer of youngest activist on death row Abdullah Al-Zaher’s, to Aseer prison which located in the southern region…

Disgrace in Saudi Arabia: US ally set to behead third teenager for attending a protest

SHAFAQNA - Abdullah al-Zaher was 15 years old when he was arrested for attending a protest in close Western ally Saudi Arabia. Human rights advocacy organization Reprieve said he was beaten on the spot by police and was subsequently tortured.  Now…

Execution of Sheikh Nimr Hinges on King Salman's Order

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SHAFAQNA - A Saudi Arabian appeals court has upheld the death sentence of the prominent Shiite cleric Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr, referring his case to King Salman’s office, the cleric’s brother announced. Mohamed al-Nimr said the death…

Campaign to free Ali al-Nimr picks up steam

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SHAFAQNA - Ali al-Nimr was just 17 years old when he was sentenced to death in the wake of the Arab Spring pro-democracy uprising. He was accused of participation in an illegal demonstration and a large number of other offences. These include…