Human Rights First Society
|Mission||human rights advocacy|
|Method(s)||"all peaceful means"|
Founding and status
In 2002, the Human Rights First Society was led by Ibrahim al-Mugaiteeb and applied for legal recognition. As of 2009[update], it remained unrecognised, but was allowed by the government to exist informally.
The Human Rights First Society aims to monitor human rights violations and support victims of human rights violations, using "all peaceful means to advocate that the Saudi government respects and defends all human rights."
Structure and leadership
Statements and reports
HRFS' head, Ibrahim al-Mugaiteeb, stated that the 2011 Saudi Arabian municipal elections would "be of very little significance" if they were held in a similar way to the 2005 municipal elections. He said that the minimum criteria for the elections should include all members being elected by the voters, women should participate, and the voting age should be decreased from 21 to 18".
2011 Saudi Arabian protests
On 24 March 2011, during the 2011 Saudi Arabian protests, HRFS said that 100 protestors remained under arrest following the 15–18 March protests in and near Qatif and that some had been tortured.
- "2008 Human Rights Report: Saudi Arabia". United States State Department. 25 February 2009. Archived from the original on 25 March 2011. Retrieved 25 March 2011.
- "Human Rights First Society - Human Rights Monitoring and Advocacy in Saudi Arabia". Human Rights First Society. March 2011. Archived from the original on 24 March 2011. Retrieved 24 March 2011.
- "Saudi aid". Karavali Times. 24 March 2011. Archived from the original on 24 March 2011. Retrieved 24 March 2011.
- "Saudi urged to free 100 Shiite protesters". Al Ahram/AFP. 24 March 2011. Archived from the original on 25 March 2011. Retrieved 25 March 2011.
- Jason Benham (25 March 2011). "Hundreds of Saudi Shi'ites protest in east". Thomson Reuters. Archived from the original on 25 March 2011. Retrieved 25 March 2011.
- http://hrfssaudiarabia.org/ HRFS web site in English
- http://www.anhri.net/saudi/spdhr/ HRFS web site in Arabic
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