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Osama Khalid

A medical student from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, an administrator on the Arabic Wikipedia, and an enthusiast about digital liberties and human rights. @osamakfa on Twitter.

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9 February 2014

Campaign to Demand Saudi Nationality Gender Equality

A campaign aimed at enabling the children of Saudi women to be granted the Saudi nationality is currently underway, writes Osama Khalid

4 February 2014

Saudi King Outlaws Religious Groups

The Saudi monarch outlawed Saudis from fighting in other countries and belonging to religious and extremist groups. Netizens react to the new royal decree.

16 December 2013

Saudi Arabia Passes Criticized “Anti-Terrorism Law”

Calling for political reform in Saudi Arabia is now considered terrorism, according to a new law which came into effect today.

15 December 2013

Saudi Political Dissident to Be Flogged, Judge Rules

Saudi human rights activist Umar al-Saed has been sentenced to four years in prison and 300 lashes for his peaceful activism, in a secret trial.

8 December 2013

Infinite Detention Legalized in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia just approved a law which allows judges to detain people indefinitely in a country where activists claim up to 30,000 people are held without trial.

30 November 2013

Campaign to Nominate Saudi Activist For Nobel Peace Prize

Saudis are taking to their keyboards to drum up support to nominate imprisoned Saudi human rights defender Dr Abdullah al-Hamid for the Nobel Peace Prize 2014.

21 November 2013

Saudi Prisoner Interview Raises Controversy Over Arbitrary Detainment

A controversy over the issue of arbitrary detainment rose after the popular Saudi TV show MBC 8 PM ran an interview with Waleed al-Sunani. Find out why.

27 October 2013

Massive Saudi Police Presence on the Day for Women Driving

Traffic police stopped Saudi women from defying a ban on driving. This action spells out the Kingdom's official position on driving, long blamed on a traditional society.

23 October 2013

Saudi Women Gear Up To Defy Driving Ban

Saudi women are planning to defy a ban on driving on October 26. Many have already started driving, filming themselves doing so and sharing the footage online.

22 October 2013

Saudi Prisoners’ Children Put Into Solitary Confinement

Relatives of prisoners, including children, who were denied from meeting their loved ones during Eid Al Adha, are now being detained in Saudi Arabia, after staging an "illegal" protest.

19 October 2013

Saudi Prisoners’ Visits Cancelled, Family Members Arrested

Relatives of Saudi prisoners were not only denied visits during the Eid Al Adha holidays, but were also arrested when they staged a sit-in to see their loved ones.

13 October 2013

Saudis Celebrate Four Years of ACPRA, Their Defiant Human Rights Organization

The Saudi Civil and Political Rights Association (ACPRA) marks its fourth anniversary today. Saudi netizens celebrate its achievements.

8 October 2013

Saudi Authorities Block Women Driving Websites

Saudi Arabia not only prohibits women from driving, it also blocks websites which call for them to drive.

1 October 2013

The 16-year-old Saudi who is Fighting in Syria

On Twitter, Saudi Reema al-Jourish celebrates her son Moath al-Hamili, 16, joining the Jihadists in Syria. Netizens react.

23 September 2013

October 26th: A Day for Defying Saudi Ban on Women Driving

A group of Saudi women activists have set October 26th, 2013, as a day for defying the state ban on women driving.

1 September 2013

Saudi Activist Tried, Separated from His Lawyers

The fourth session of the ongoing trial of Umar al-Saeed took place earlier today. Separated from his lawyers, al-Saeed had to speak loudly to consult with them during the trial.

6 August 2013

Saudi Activist Released After Two Years in Prison

Charged with establishing an unlicensed association and possessing illegal books, Mohamed el-Bjadi was released from a Saudi prison today. The Saudi Twittersphere rejoices.

21 July 2013

Saudi Crackdown on Muslim Brotherhood Supporters

Two prominent Islamic preachers have reportedly been detained in Saudi Arabia as part of what is being called a crackdown on anyone with connections to the Muslim Brotherhood.

19 July 2013

Saudi Women Banned From Attending Public Trials

Even the wife and mother of Umar Al-Saeed, a member of Saudi Arabia's leading human rights organisation, were forbidden from attending his trial.

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