We regret to inform you that this event has been postponed. Apologies for the inconvenience and thank you for your interest in Atlantic Council’s events.

The Atlantic Council’s Strategic Litigation Project invites you to a hybrid panel discussion about the arbitrary detention of individuals in Saudi Arabia for expressing peaceful criticism, concern, and opposition to the practices of the Saudi government. This includes impact to the voices of women, human rights defenders and activists, and ordinary citizens peacefully expressing their concerns and critiques.

The expert panel will discuss applicable international legal obligations for human rights protections in Saudi Arabia and avenues for accountability. The event will be held via Zoom and in-person on Wednesday, March 27 at 2:00 PM ET.

In recent years, human rights organizations and activists have voiced growing concerns over an escalation in Saudi authorities’ crackdowns on fundamental rights, including the right to freedom of expression. In addition to extensive censorship and surveillance, reports have raised alarm over the use of anti-terrorism laws in Saudi Arabia to target citizens and activists. In 2022 alone, Saudi Arabia’s Specialized Criminal Court sentenced at least 15 individuals to lengthy sentences or the death penalty for their expression, including peaceful online speech on X, formerly known as Twitter.

This conversation will take place at the Atlantic Council’s headquarters and will be broadcast on Zoom, X (formerly known as Twitter), and Facebook. Register above to attend in person or to join us online. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information on how to attend. The event is open to members of the press and will be on the record.

Featured speakers

Abdullah Alaoudh
Director for Countering Authoritarianism
Middle East Democracy Center (MEDC)

Sunjeev Bery
Executive Director
Freedom Forward

Haydee Dijkstal
Nonresident Senior Fellow
Strategic Litigation Project, Atlantic Council
33 Bedford Row Chambers

Joey Shea
Researcher, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates
Human Rights Watch


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