Personal information

  • Sex: Male
  • Area of activity: ACPRA Member , Human rights activist
  • Place of residence: Buraidah, Al-Qaseem
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Issa al-Hamid is a human rights activist who co-founded the Saudi Civil and Political Rights Association (ACPRA), an independent group that promoted human rights and called for political reforms, an elected parliament, and independent legal institutions before the Saudi authorities closed it down in 2013.

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Arrest and jail information

  • Prison: Buraydah Prison, al-Qassim
  • Date of arrest: 16 September 2017

Trial information

  • Charges: Defaming the Council of Religious Scholars; insulting the judiciary; participating in the establishment of an unlicensed organisation (ACPRA); and communicating with international organisations in order to harm the image of the State
  • Court: Specialised Criminal Court (SCC)
  • Verdict: Eleven years in prison, an eleven-year travel ban upon his release, and a fine of 100,000 Saudi Riyals
  • Date of verdict: 24 April 2016


  • Arbitrary arrest/ detention


  • April 2020 - He was placed in solitary confinement for approximately ten days.
  • November 2019 - In its Opinion 71/2019, the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention denounced the arrest and imprisonment of al-Hamid and other Saudi human rights activists as tantamount to persecution for exercising their fundamental rights.
  • 16 September 2017 - He was arrested and began serving his sentence and has been held in Onazya Prison ever since.
  • 01 December 2016 - His sentence was increased to eleven years in prison, an eleven-year travel ban upon his release, and a fine of 100,000 Saudi Riyals.
  • 24 April 2016 - He was sentenced to nine years in prison followed by a nine-year travel ban upon release.
  • 03 July 2014 - He was officially informed of the charges against him.
  • June 2014 - His trial began.
  • 21 November 2013 - His interrogation began

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Issa al-Hamid

ACPRA Member , Human rights activist