Saudi Arabia should urgently review its definition of terrorism under a law used to prosecute non-violent journalists and human rights defenders


A report by Ben Emmerson QC, the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and counter-terrorism has encouraged Saudi Arabia to urgently review its definition of terrorism.

Following a five-day visit to Riyadh on behalf of the United Nations, Special Rapporteur Ben Emmerson QC presented a strongly-worded statement to Saudi authorities. Whilst he praised Saudi rehabilitation work, Emmerson indicated that he had heard repeated stories of human rights abuses in relation to prisoners being held under anti-terror laws. Emmerson encouraged Saudi Arabia to establish an independent mechanism which would examine “all crimes allegedly committed by speech or writing in order to determine whether they violate the protected rights of expression, thought, conscience, religion or belief, assembly or association”. For further news coverage, please click here.