العربي Saudi authorities drag fleeing Saudi woman back to KSA from Philippines, arrest activist showing solidarity Dina Ali is arrested in the Philippines and returned to Saudi Arabia; Alaa al-Anazi is arrested for showing solidarity with her   On April 10, 2017, Saudi citizen Dina Ali al-Salloum appeared in a video saying she had fled Continue Reading

Prisoners of Conscience

معتقلي الرأي Prisoners of conscience: It is hard to compile a list of prisoners of conscience in Saudi Arabia.  In the absence of a safe environment for human rights work, it is impossible to monitor and record all of the arbitrary arrests made for people’s opinions or beliefs.  Here, however, are the names and brief Continue Reading

Khaled al-Omair

العربي Update 3 November 2016: Khaled Al-Omair ends his 29-day hunger strike after being transferred to the Counselling Centre in preparation for release from jail. Keep demanding his immediate release, 29 days after the expiry of his unjust 8-year sentence for taking part in a peaceful demonstration. October 6, 2016 Khaled bin Suleiman al-Omeir has gone Continue Reading


 عربي Update: On June 12, imprisoned human rights lawyer and activist Waleed Abu al-Khair ended his hunger strike after winning concessions from the Jeddah Prison administration. He had been demanding restoration of his rights to reading materials, medical check-ups and a proper diet suited to his health needs. Waleed is serving a 15-year prison term, Continue Reading

Mohanna al-Hubail

عربي Mohanna Abdulaziz al-Hubail, Director of the Islamic Orient Studies Bureau in Istanbul, is a Saudi researcher, social activist and writer on contemporary Islamic thought and regional affairs whose work is regularly published in Saudi and other Gulf media. He was formerly deputy director of the public library in al-Ahsa, in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province, Continue Reading

Issa al-Hamid, sentenced

عيسى الحامد Update 1 December 2016: Issa al-Hamed’s sentence has been increased from 9 to 11 years in prison followed by an eleven-year travel ban upon release and a fine of 100k SR.       Issa al-Hamid, a founding member of the Saudi Civil and Political Rights Association (ACPRA), an independent human rights group, Continue Reading


Human Rights defender Al-Senaidi has been sentenced to eight years in prison, followed by an eight year travel ban upon release and a $13,300 fine Al-Senaidi was sentenced by the Specialised Criminal Court, the SCC, set up in 2008 to deal with terrorism cases only. His offences include:   Inciting against public order for signing Continue Reading