Foreign Relations & International Law

The Lawfare Podcast: Human Rights Abuses in Saudi Arabia with Joey Shea

Anna Hickey, Joey Shea, Jen Patja
Tuesday, September 26, 2023, 8:00 AM
How are human rights abuses in Saudi Arabia being addressed domestically and internationally? 

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On August 21, the Human Rights Watch released a report detailing systematic abuses of Ethiopian migrants and asylum seekers at the Saudi Arabia-Yemen border. Researchers interviewed dozens of Ethiopian migrants and asylum seekers and found that Saudi border guards had used explosive weapons on them and shot migrants at close range.

Lawfare’s Associate Editor of Communications Anna Hickey sat down with Joey Shea, a researcher in the Middle East and North Africa Division of Human Rights Watch who investigates human rights abuses in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. They discussed the Human Rights Watch recent report, how the international community has responded so far, and the human rights record of Prince Mohammed bin Salman since he ascended the throne in 2015. 

Anna Hickey is the associate editor for communications of Lawfare. She holds a B.A. in interdisciplinary studies: communications, legal studies, economics, and government with a minor in international studies from American University.
Joey Shea is a nonresident fellow at the Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy focusing on information controls, security, political repression, and the impact of technology across the Middle East and North Africa. Her research examines the political, legal, and economic contexts of network filtering and monitoring technologies, digital media manipulation, including misinformation, disinformation and propaganda, and targeted attacks. She researches the impacts of new technologies on crisis and conflict and regional cybersecurity dynamics. She also consults for the World Bank.
Jen Patja is the editor and producer of the Lawfare Podcast and Rational Security. She currently serves as the Co-Executive Director of Virginia Civics, a nonprofit organization that empowers the next generation of leaders in Virginia by promoting constitutional literacy, critical thinking, and civic engagement. She is the former Deputy Director of the Robert H. Smith Center for the Constitution at James Madison's Montpelier and has been a freelance editor for over 20 years.

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