Prisoners of Conscience

Abdulaziz al-Odah

Abdulaziz al-Odah

Name:  Abdulaziz Al-Odah

Marital status: single

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Hometown/region: Al-Ahsa

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Date of arrest:  October 2019

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Violations:  Enforced disappearance,  arbitrary arrest; denied contact with his family

Redha al-Bouri 

Redha al-Bouri 

Name:  Redha al-Bouri 

Marital status: 

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Profession:  Writer, photographer and works in ARAMCO oil company

Hometown/region:  Qatif

Manner of arrest:  Arrested after being called in for questioning by state security in Dammam

Date of arrest:  08/04/2019

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Where held:  The Mabaheth (General Investigations Directorate) prison in Dammam

Violations:  Arbitrary arrest; denied access to a lawyer 

Moqbel al-Saqqar  

Moqbel al-Saqqar  

Name:  Moqbel al-Saqqar

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Profession:Writer and novelist

Hometown/region: Riyadh

Date of arrest: 04/04/2019

Manner of arrest: arrested from his home in Riyadh

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Where held: Al-Ha’ir prison, Riyadh

Violations:  Arbitrary arrest, denied access to a lawyer

Khadija al-Harbi

Khadija al-Harbi

Name:  Khadija al-Harbi                                        

Marital status:  Married

Date of birth:                                                  

Profession:  Writer and active on social media network.                                               

Hometown/region:  Riyadh

Date of arrest:  04/04/2019 

Manner of arrest:  Khadija al-Harbi and her husband Thamar al-Marzouqi were arrested in a raid on their home by security forces

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Where held: Al-Ha’ir Prison, Riyadh

Violations:  Enforced disappearance; arbitrary arrest; denied access to a lawyer

Nayef al-Hindas

Nayef al-Hindas

Name: Nayef al-Hindas            

Marital status: 

Date of birth:   29/06/1991                      

Profession:  Writer, translator; works in the private sector                                    

Hometown/region:  Dhahran 

Date of arrest:  06/04/2019

Manner of arrest: he was arrested from his home in Khobar 

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Where held:  Almabahith prison – Dammam

Violations:  Arbitrary arrest

Thamar al-Marzouqi 

Thamar al-Marzouqi 

Name:  Thamar Mohammed al-Marzouqi                                      

Marital status:  Married

Date of birth:  1986                                                  

Profession:  Writer and activist                                    

Hometown/region:  Riyadh

Date of arrest:  04/04/2019 

Manner of arrest:   Thamar al-Marzouqi and his wife Khadija al-Harbi were arrested in a dawn raid on their home by armed security forces

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Where held: Al-Ha’ir Prison, Riyadh

Violations:  Enforced disappearance; arbitrary arrest; denied acess to a lawyer

Fahad Abalkhail

Fahad Abalkhail

Name: Fahad Abalkhail

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Profession: banker

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Date of arrest:  04/04/2019

Manner of arrest: arrested from his home in Riyadh

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Where held: Al-Ha’ir Prison, Riyadh

Violations:  Arbitrary arrest and denied access to a lawyer

Ayman al-Drees 

Ayman al-Drees 

Name:  Ayman al-Drees     

Marital status:  Married 

Date of birth:                                           

Profession:  Translator and activist and works in the private sector 

Hometown/region:  Al Khobar

Date of arrest:  05/04/2019

Manner of arrest:  Arrested by security forces  while on his way to his family’s farm in Al Hasa. 

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Where held:  Al Mabahith prison, Dammam

Violations:  Arbitrary arrest and enforced disappearance

Abdullah al-Duhailan

Abdullah al-Duhailan

Name: Abdullah al-Duhailan

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Profession: Writer, TV host and Public Relation specialist

Hometown/region: Dammam

Date of arrest:  05/04/2019

Manner of arrest: arrested from his home in Dammam

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Where held: Almabahith prison -Dammam

Violations:  Arbitrary arrest and denied access to a lawyer

Salah al-Haidar

Salah al-Haidar

Name:  Salah al-Haidar         

Marital status: 

Date of birth:                                                   

Profession:  Writer                                                

Hometown/region:  Riyadh

Date of arrest:  04/04/2019

Manner of arrest:  In a raid on his home by forces of the State Security Presidency

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Where held:  Al-Ha’ir Prison, Riyadh

Violations:  Arbitrary arrest and denied access to a lawyer

Note:  Al-Haider is a dual Saudi-US citizen

Bader al-Ibrahim

Bader al-Ibrahim

Name:  Bader al-Ibrahim   

Marital status: 

Date of birth:  1985               

Profession:  Physician and writer            

Hometown/region:  Riyadh

Date of arrest:  04/04/2019

Manner of arrest:  In a raid on his home by State Security Presidency forces

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Where held:  Al-Ha’ir Prison, Riyadh

Violations:  Arbitrary arrest; denied access to a lawyer; denied contact with his family; placed in solitary confinement 

Note:  Bader al-Ibrahim has dual Saudi-US citizenship

Mohammed al-Sadiq

Mohammed al-Sadiq

Name:  Mohammed al-Sadiq

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Profession: Writer /  works in the private sector

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Date of arrest: 04/04/2019

Manner of arrest: arrested from his home in Riyadh

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Where held: Al-Ha’ir Prison, Riyadh

Violations:  Arbitrary arrest

Abdullah al-Shehri

Abdullah al-Shehri

Name:  Abdullah al-Shehri 

Marital status:  Married

Date of birth:                                                   

Profession:  Lawyer and human rights defender/activist                                                 

Hometown/region: Riyadh

Date of arrest:  04/04/2019

Manner of arrest:  Security forces raided his home and arrested  al-Shehri and his wife.

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Where held: Dhahban Central Prison, Jeddah 

Violations:  Arbitrary arrest and denied access to a lawyer.

Yazed Alfaifi

Yazed Alfaifi

Name: Yazed Alfaifi

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Violations:  Arbitrary arrest

Anas al-Mazrou

Anas al-Mazrou

Name:  Anas al-Mazrou    

Marital status:  Married

Date of birth:                                                   

Profession:  Academic and political activist                     

Hometown/region:  Riyadh

Date of arrest:  28/03/2019

Manner of arrest:  Arrested by security officers after speaking at the Riyadh Book Fair about human rights

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Where held:  Unknown 

Violations:  Enforced disappearance; arbitrary arrest; denied contact with his family; denied access to a lawyer

Abdelrahman Farhaneh

Abdelrahman Farhaneh

Name: Abdelrahman Farhaneh

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Profession:  journalist

Hometown/region:  Jordan

Date of arrest: 22/02/2019

Manner of arrest: was arrested by members of the Saudi State Security Service at a checkpoint close to Dammam airport while on his way to Jeddah

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Violations:  Arbitrary arrest and enforced disappearance

Zuhair Kutbi

Zuhair Kutbi

Name:   Zuhair Mohammed Jamil Kutbi                                        

Marital status:  Married

Date of birth:  12/02/1956                                             

Profession:  Academic, journalist and writer         

Hometown/region:  Mecca 

Date of arrest:  10/01/2019

Manner of arrest:  In a raid on his home in Mecca by police officers; he was beaten and humiliated at Mansoura police detention centre

Charges:  Stirring up public opinion; agitating and diminishing people’s respect for the regime 

Court:  Specialised Criminal Court                      

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Where held:  Mecca Penitentiary

Violations:  Arbitrary arrest; use of excessive force during arrest and ill-treatment 

during interrogation; non-independent judiciary; sentence based on charges relating to the peaceful exercise of his right to freedom of expression; denied medical treatment and essential medication

Hussain Abu al-Raha

Hussain Abu al-Raha

Name:  Hussain Abu al-Raha

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Profession:  Artist

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Date of arrest:  11/11/2018

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Where held:  Unknown

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Sultan al-Jumairi 

Sultan al-Jumairi 

Name:  Sultan al-Jumairi    

Marital status: 

Date of birth:                                                   

Profession:  Journalist and writer                                                   

Hometown/region:  Riyadh

Date of arrest:  12/09/2018

Manner of arrest:  Arrested after being lured into returning to Saudi Arabia from Canada, where he was living, by the Saudi authorities telling him that he was not on any wanted list

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Where held:  Unknown

Violations:  Enforced disappearance; arbitrary arrest; denied access to a lawyer

Nasser al-Omar

Nasser al-Omar

Name:  Nasser bin Sulaiman al-Omar                

Marital status:  Married

Date of birth:  1952                                                

Profession:  Retired academic and a cleric                                 

Hometown/region:  Riyadh

Date of arrest:  11/08/2018

Manner of arrest:  Arrested by security forces on leaving the Grand Mosque in Mecca

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Where held:  Dhahban Central Prison, Jeddah

Violations:  Arbitrary arrest; placed in solitary confinement; denied access to a lawyer

Yasser al-Ayyaf  

Yasser al-Ayyaf  

Name:  Yasser Abdullah al-Ayyaf    

Marital Status:  Single 

Date of birth:                                                   

Profession:  Human rights defender/ activist           

Hometown/region:  Buraydah 

Date of arrest:  31/07/2018

Manner of arrest:  State security forces raided his home without producing an arrest warrant and took him away to an unknown location

Charges:  Communicating with foreign media to smear the country’s reputation; bringing banned books into Saudi Arabia

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Where held:  Al-Tarafiya Prison, Al Qassim 

Violations:  Arbitrary arrest; placed in solitary confinement; torture including electrocution 

Note:

On February 26, 2013, the authorities arrested al-Ayyaf and a number of other activists who had taken part in these peaceful protests. He was then subjected to all sorts of abuse, beatings and torture. 

 

Amal al-Harbi

Amal al-Harbi

Name:  Amal al-Harbi        

Marital status:  Married

Date of birth:                                                   

Profession:  Blogger and supporter of the Saudi Civil and Political Rights Association (ACPRA)   

Hometown/region:  Riyadh

Date of arrest:  30/07/2018 

Manner of arrest:  Surrounded by security officers and arrested while having a picnic with her children on the beach in Jeddah City 

Charges:  Blogging and human rights activism in support of ACPRA; working to undermine the system of absolute monarchy 

Court:  Riyadh Criminal Court      

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Where held:  On temporary release; under close surveillance

Violations:  Arbitrary arrest and enforced disappearance; her family not informed of her place of detention; denied access to a lawyer; detained for over 8 months without charge

Note:  Amal al-Harbi was arrested previously in 2013 for driving a car

Nassima al-Sadah

Nassima al-Sadah

Name:  Nassima al-Sadah        

Marital status:  Married 

Date of birth:                                                   

Date of arrest:  30/07/2018

Profession:  Human rights defender/ activist                                                

Hometown/region:  Qatif

Manner of arrest: 

Charges:  Communicating with foreign entities hostile to the state

Court:  Riyadh Criminal Court                  

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Where held:  Riyadh, since being transferred from Dammam Prison nearly a year after her arrest

Violations:  Arbitrary arrest; placed in solitary confinement for nearly a year

Update:  Nassima al-Sadah was summoned to attend a session of her trial in Riyadh Criminal Court on 18/07/2019.  She was convicted of charges based on confessions to posting messages on social media including Twitter.  Judge Ibrahim Ali al-Luhaidan asked her to sign a document requesting a temporary release until the next hearing, without setting a date for this.

Samar Badawi    

Samar Badawi    

Name:  Samar Mohammed Badawi    

Marital status:  Single 

Date of birth: 28/06/1981                           

Profession:  Human rights defender/activist                                                  

Hometown/region:  Jeddah 

Date of arrest:  30/07/2018 (for the third time)

Manner of arrest:  Arrested in an armed police raid on her home in the early hours of the morning and taken to a detention centre of the State Security Presidency 

Charges:  Communicating with embassies and entities abroad hostile to Saudi Arabia; unlicensed human rights activism

Court:  Riyadh Criminal Court    

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Where held:  Dhahban Central Prison, Jeddah 

Violations:  Arbitrary arrest; placed in solitary confinement; non-independent judiciary; tried on charges relating to the peaceful exercise of her right to freedom of expression and human rights work; torture and ill-treatment 

Awards:  US State Department International Women of Courage award 2012; International Hrant Dink Award 2015

Note on previous arrests:  Samar Badawi was arrested in 2010 on a charge of disobeying her father and was imprisoned for six months. In 2016 she was arrested and briefly held in Dhahban Central Prison for interrogation; in 2017 she was again summoned for questioning. 

Update:  Samar Badawi was summoned to attend a session of her trial in the Riyadh Criminal Court in Riyadh on 18/07/2019. She was convicted of charges based on confessions to posting on social media and communicating with foreign entities. Judge Ibrahim Ali al-Luhaidan asked her to sign a document requesting a temporary release until the next hearing, without setting a date for this.

Abeer Alnamankany

Abeer Alnamankany

Name:  Abeer Abdullatif Namankany          

Marital status: 

Date of birth:                                                   

Profession:  University lecturer and Pediatric Dentist                                            

Hometown/region:  Medina 

Date of arrest:  30/07/2018

Manner of arrest:  Arrested in a raid on her home by State Security Presidency forces and taken to an unknown location

Charges: 

Court:  Specialised Criminal Court     

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Where held:  On temporary release since 02/05/2019 (was previously in Al-Ha’ir Prison, Riyadh), but remains under close surveillance. 

Violations:  Enforced disappearance  for 3 months; arbitrary arrest; solitary confinement,  torture, denied access to a lawyer; denied contact with her family 

Awards:  Listed as one of the 500 Most Influential Muslims in the world by the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre in Jordan; awarded a prize for being one of the top 10 researchers in the field of dentistry; numerous other international awards

Khaled al-Omair 

Khaled al-Omair 

Name:  Khaled Suleiman al-Omair      

Marital status:  Married

Date of birth:                                                   

Profession:  Human rights defender/ activist                                               

Hometown/region:  Riyadh

Date of arrest:  01/07/2018

Manner of arrest:  Arrested by State Security when he went to answer questions about a complaint he had filed with the Royal Court against an officer who tortured him during a previous 8-year prison term.  After hours of interrogation, he was handcuffed and taken to prison without explanation. 

Charges: on the 24th of October 2019 Khalid Al Omair was told that there will be no further trials, hearing sessions nor he was given a list of charges. 

Court:                    

Sentence:  indefinite time/ held without trial. 

Date of sentencing:  

Where held:  Al-Ha’ir Prison, Riyadh

Violations:  Arbitrary arrest; denied all visits for six months; torture allegations not investigated 

Note on previous arrest:  Khaled al-Omair was arrested by secret police on 01/01/2009 on a Riyadh street during a peaceful demonstration in support of Gaza. After an unfair trial he was sentenced in May 2011 by the Specialised Criminal Court to eight years in prison for rebellion against the country’s rulers and taking part in a demonstration. He was due for release on 05/10/2016 but continued to be held until 03/11/2016, after a 29-day hunger strike.

Hatoon al-Fassi

Hatoon al-Fassi

Name:  Hatoon al-Fassi                                           

Marital status:  Married

Date of birth:  1964                                        

Profession:  Academic and human rights activist                     

Hometown/region:  Riyadh

Date of arrest:  27/06/2018

Manner of arrest:  In a raid on her home by the security forces 

Charges:  Communicating with individuals and organisations hostile to Saudi Arabia; recruiting persons in sensitive positions to obtain confidential information and documents to be used against country; providing financial support to hostile elements abroad

Court:  Riyadh Criminal Court     

Sentence:                       

Date of sentencing: 

Where held:  On temporary release (from Dhahban Central Prison, Jeddah) since 02/05/2019 

Violations:  Arbitrary arrest; torture and ill-treatment; sexual harassment; smeared with false allegations in the government-run local press before her trial started; non-independent judiciary; observers denied access to court hearings

Updates: Hatoon al-Fassi was summoned to attend court on the following dates:

1st session: 13/03/2019

2nd session: 27/03/2019

3rd session: 03/04/2019

Ali al-Shammari 

Ali al-Shammari 

Name:  Ali Abbar al-Shammari                                             

Marital status:  Married 

Date of birth:                                                   

Profession:  Poet                                                   

Hometown/region:  Riyadh

Date of arrest: 23/06/2018

Manner of arrest:  In a raid on his home by security forces

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Where held:  Unknown

Violations:  Arbitrary arrest and enforced disappearance; denied access to a lawyer, denied contact with his family

Omar al-Saeed

Omar al-Saeed

Name:  Omar Mohammed al-Saeed       

Marital status: 

Date of birth:   1992                                

Profession:  Activist and member of the Saudi Civil and Political Rights Association (ACPRA)                              

Hometown/region:  Riyadh

Date of arrest:  23/06/2018

Manner of arrest:  In a raid on his home by security forces 

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Where held:  Buraydah Prison, Al Qassim

Violations:  Arbitrary arrest; denied access to a lawyer

Nouf al-Jeraiwi 

Nouf al-Jeraiwi 

Name:  Nouf Abdulaziz al-Jeraiwi   Aldosari

Marital status:  Single

Date of birth:                                                   

Profession:  Human rights activist                                                    

Hometown/region:  Riyadh

Date of arrest:  09/06/2018

Manner of arrest:  In a raid on her home by security forces

Charges:  Communicating with foreign entities; recruiting state employees to gather confidential information; providing financial support to hostile entities abroad

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Where held:  Al-Ha’ir Prison, Riyadh

Violations:  Torture and arbitrary arrest; placed in solitary confinement; non-independent judiciary; denied access to a lawyer

Update:  Nouf Abdulaziz was summoned to attend a hearing of her trial in the Riyadh Criminal Court on 18/07/2019 and was convicted of charges based on confessions to posting on social media including Twitter. Judge Ibrahim Ali al-Luhaidan asked her to sign a document requesting a temporary release until the next hearing, without setting a date for this. 

Marwan al-Muraisy 

Marwan al-Muraisy 

Name:  Marwan al-Muraisy   

Marital status:  Married

Date of birth:  1982                                                

Profession:  Journalist, writer and activist                                              

Hometown/region: Riyadh

Date of arrest:  01/06/2018

Manner of arrest:  Arrested at his home by security forces, taken to an unknown location and held incommunicado 

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Where held:  Unknown

Violations:  Arbitrary arrest and enforced disappearance; denied visits and contact with his family; denied access to a lawyer

Note:  Marwan al-Muraisy is a Yemeni national

Mohammed al-Bajadi

Mohammed al-Bajadi

Name:  Mohammed Saleh al-Bajadi     

Marital status:  Married 

Date of birth:  1979               

Profession:  Human rights defender/activist and co-founder of the Saudi Civil and Political Rights Association (ACPRA)              

Hometown/region:  Buraydah, Al Qassim

Date of arrest:  24/05/2018 (for the third time) 

Manner of arrest:  

Charges:  Co-founding an unlicensed civil association (ACPRA); turning public opinion against the government

Court:  Specialised Criminal Court            

Sentence: 

Date of sentencing:  20/08/2018

Where held: 

Violations:  Tortured; denied access to a lawyer; placed in solitary confinement; denied contact with his family

Note:  Mohammed al-Bajadi was previously arrested on 04/09/2007 and held in solitary confinement without charge or trial until his release on 01/01/2008. He was again arrested on 21/03/2011, put on trial, and sentenced to eight years in prison with half the term suspended and a 4-year travel ban; he was released on 21 April 2016 after more than five years in detention including several months in solitary confinement. 

Shadan al-Onezi

Shadan al-Onezi

Name:  Shadan Khaled al-Onezi     

Marital status:  Single

Date of birth:                                                   

Profession:  Human rights activist                  

Hometown/region:  Riyadh

Date of arrest:  24/05/2018 

Manner of arrest:  In a raid on her home by security forces  

Charges: 

Court:  Specialised Criminal Court     

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Where held:  On temporary release (from Dhahban Central Prison, Jeddah) and under close surveillance  

Violations:  Arbitrary arrest and enforced disappearance; denied access to a lawyer; placed in solitary confinement; torture and ill-treatment 

Mohammed al-Rabiah 

Mohammed al-Rabiah 

Name:  Mohammed Mohammed al-Rabiah    

Marital status:  Married

Date of birth:                                                  

Profession:  Human rights defender/ activist                                      

Hometown/region:  Riyadh

Date of arrest:  15/05/2018

Manner of arrest: 

Charges:  Communicating with foreign entities; providing financial support to hostile entities; recruiting state employees to gather confidential information with the intention of using it against Saudi Arabia 

Court:  Specialised Criminal Court                

Sentence:                       

Date of sentencing: 

Where held:  Unknown

Violations:  Arbitrary arrest; denied contact with his family for several months; denied access to a lawyer

Abdulaziz Al-Mesha’al

Abdulaziz Al-Mesha’al

Name: Abdulaziz Al-Mesha’al

Marital status:

Date of birth:

Profession:  Businessman, board member of women’s rights NGO

Hometown/region:

Date of arrest: 15/05/2018

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Violations:  Arbitrary arrest

Mayaa al-Zahrani

Mayaa al-Zahrani

Name: Mayaa al-Zahrani

Marital status:

Date of birth:

Profession: Activist (WHRD) and friend of Nouf

Hometown/region:

Date of arrest: 09/06/2018

Manner of arrest: Hours after publishing article on her friend Nouf Abdelaziz

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Where held: Al-Ha’ir

Violations:  Arbitrary arrest

Mayaa Alzahrani is on temporary release and was called to attend hearing sessions on the following dates:

13/03/2019, 27/03/2019, 03/04/2019.  17/04/2019

Madiha al-Ajroush

Madiha al-Ajroush

Name: Madiha al-Ajroush

Marital status: Married

Date of birth: 1955

Profession: Activist and psychoanalyst (WHRD)

Hometown/region: Riyadh

Date of arrest: 2018/05/15

Manner of arrest: Her house was raided by police officers

Charges:

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Sentence: Released on 24/05/2018 and currently under heavy survilance 

Date of sentencing:

Where held: Al Ha’ir Prison

Violations:  Arbitrary arrest

Loujain al-Hathloul  

Loujain al-Hathloul  

Name:  Loujain Hathloul al-Hathloul      

Marital status:  Single 

Date of birth:  31/07/1989              

Date of arrest:  15/05/2018 (for the fourth time since 2014)

Profession:  Human rights defender/ activist        

Hometown/region:  Recently based in Abu Dhabi, UAE

Manner of arrest:  In a late-night police raid on her house; she was snatched from her bedroom and taken to Al-Ha’ir prison in Riyadh 

Charges:  Communicating with foreign entities hostile to Saudi Arabia; recruiting government employees to gather confidential information; providing financial support to entities abroad hostile to Saudi Arabia

Court:  Specialised Criminal Court     

Sentence:                       

Date of sentencing: 

Where held:   from 20th of May 2018 to 1st of August 2018 , Unknown location

from 1st of August 2018 to 16th of December 2018, Al-Dhahban prison, Jeddah

from 16th of Dec 2018 until now, Al-Ha’ir prison, Riyadh

Violations:  Denied access to a lawyer; physically tortured (beaten, electrocuted, waterboarded and force-fed); sexually harassed; threatened with rape and murder; placed in solitary confinement and denied visits and contact with her family during the time when she was being tortured

Note on previous arrests:  Loujain was first arrested in December 2014 when she attempted to defy the driving ban on women by driving her car into Saudi Arabia across the Saudi-UAE border; she was released by royal pardon after 73 days. She was again detained in June 2017. In March 2018 she was transferred from Abu Dhabi to Saudi Arabia against her will after attending a session of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) in Geneva; she was released after three days but placed under a travel ban and barred from using social media. In August 2019, the Saudi authorities offered Loujan a release on the condition of making a video of herself denying that she was tortured and sexually molested.

Eman al-Nafjan

Eman al-Nafjan

Name:  Eman al-Nafjan    

Marital status:  Married 

Date of birth:                                                   

Profession:  Academic, writer, blogger and human rights defender/activist        

Hometown/region:  Riyadh

Date of arrest:  15/05/2018

Manner of arrest:  Forcibly removed from her home following a raid by security forces

Charges:  Recruiting government employees to gather confidential information; communicating with foreign entities; providing financial support to parties hostile to Saudi Arabia

Court:  Riyadh Criminal Court, Riyadh            

Sentence:                 

Date of sentencing: 

Where held:  On temporary release (from Al-Ha’ir Prison, Riyadh) since 28/03/2019; currently under close security surveillance and banned from writing and blogging

Violations:  Arbitrary arrest; denied access to a lawyer; smeared with false allegations in the government-run local press before her trial started; torture and ill-treatment (beatings, electric shocks, sexual harassment and humiliation, threats of execution, placed in solitary confinement); denied contact with her family during the period when she was being tortured

Note:  Eman al-Nafjan was arrested previously in 2015

Updates:  Eman al-Nafjan was summoned to attend the Riyadh Criminal Court on the following dates: 

1st session: 13/03/2019

2nd session: 27/03/2019

3rd session: 03/04/2019

4th session: 27/06/2019

Aisha al-Mana

Aisha al-Mana

Name:  Aisha al-Mana   

Marital status:  Married

Date of birth:  1948                                                 

Profession: Physician and academic                                                       

Hometown/region:  Al Khobar

Date of arrest:  15/05/2018

Manner of arrest: In a raid on her home in by special security forces 

Charges:  Communicating with a hostile state; recruiting government employees to gather confidential information; providing financial support to hostile foreign parties

Court:  Specialised Criminal Court                  

Sentence:                       

Date of sentencing: 

Where held:  On temporary release (from Al-Ha’ir Prison, Riyadh) since 24/05/2018

Violations:  Arbitrary arrest; denied access to a lawyer 

Ibrahim al-Mudaimeegh

Ibrahim al-Mudaimeegh

Name:  Ibrahim al-Mudaimeegh      

Marital status:  Married 

Date of birth:  1942                          

Profession:  Lawyer                               

Hometown/region:  Riyadh

Date of arrest:  15/05/2018

Manner of arrest:  In a raid on his home 

Charges:  Communicating with foreign entities to smear the reputation of the country; recruiting government employees to gather confidential information; providing financial support to a hostile foreign entity

Court:                        

Sentence:                       

Date of sentencing: 

Where held:  Released from prison 23/12/2018, but remains under close surveillance at home in Riyadh, wearing an electronic tag, and banned from pursuing his human rights activism or legal practice

Violations:  Arbitrary arrest; placed in solitary confinement; denied contact with his family; denied healthcare and essential medication

Hessa Al Shaikh

Hessa Al Shaikh

Name:  Hessa Al Shaikh          

Marital status:  Married 

Date of birth:                                                   

Profession:  Academic and writer          

Hometown/region:  Riyadh

Date of arrest:  15/05/2018

Manner of arrest: In a raid on her home by the security forces 

Charges: 

Court:  

Sentence:  

Date of sentencing: 

Where held:  On temporary release since 24/5/2018 and under close surveillance 

Violations:  Arbitrary arrest; placed in solitary confinement

Aziza al-Yousef

Aziza al-Yousef

Name:  Aziza Mohammed al-Yousef    

Marital status:  Married 

Date of birth:                                                   

Profession:  Academic and human rights defender/activist                      

Hometown/region:  Riyadh

Date of arrest:  15/05/2018

Manner of arrest:  In a raid on her home by heavily armed security officers

Charges:  Recruiting government employees to gather confidential information; providing financial support to foreign entities; communicating with foreign states hostile to Saudi Arabia

Court:  Riyadh Criminal Court                       

Sentence:                       

Date of sentencing: 

Where held:  On temporary release (from Al-Ha’ir Prison, Riyadh) since 28/3/2019 and currently under close surveillance

Violations:  Arbitrary arrest; placed in solitary confinement; denied visits and phone calls for months; smeared with false allegations in the government-run local press before her trial started

Update:  Aziza al-Yousef was summoned to attend a hearing in the Riyadh Criminal Court in Riyadh on 18/07/2019 

Ahmed al-Rashed 

Ahmed al-Rashed 

Name: Ahmed al-Rashed              

Marital status:  Married

Date of birth:                                                  

Profession:  Lawyer                                                   

Hometown/region: 

Date of arrest:  11/04/2018

Manner of arrest:  Taken by a Mabaheth (General Investigations Directorate) security team to an unknown location

Charges: 

Court:                        

Sentence:                       

Date of sentencing: 

Where held:  Unknown

Violations:  Enforced disappearance; arbitrary arrest; denied contact with his family

Aida al-Ghamdi 

Aida al-Ghamdi 

Name:  Aida al-Ghamdi     

Marital status:  Married 

Date of birth:  1955                                                

Profession:  Homemaker

Hometown/region:  Dammam

Date of arrest:  28/03/2018

Manner of arrest:  Arrested with use of excessive force in the street with her youngest son Adel

Charges:  Receiving money from her dissident son Abdullah in London

Court:  Specialised Criminal Court, Riyadh   

Sentence:                       

Date of sentencing: 

Where held:  Dhahban Central Prison, Jeddah 

Violations:  Arbitrary arrest; denied essential medical care; denied access to a lawyer; non-independent judiciary; placed in solitary confinement,  physical  torture by (cigarette burning beating and lashing ) 

Note: Aida Alghamdi’s torture session was carried in front of her younger son Adil, who was also beaten

 

Turki al-Jasser

Turki al-Jasser

Name:  Turki bin Abdulaziz al-Jasser       

Marital status: 

Date of birth:                                                   

Profession:  Journalist                                                 

Hometown/region:  Riyadh

Date of arrest:  15/03/2018

Manner of arrest:  Security forces raided his home and took him to an unknown location. All his electronic devices were confiscated

Charges: 

Court:                        

Sentence:                       

Date of sentencing: 

Where held:  Unknown

Violations:  Enforced disappearance; arbitrary arrest; denied contact with his family; denied access to a lawyer. the authorities tried to blackmail him overprivate and family-related content on his devices

Abdulrahman AlSadhan

Abdulrahman AlSadhan

Name:   Abdulrahman AlSadhan

Marital status:

Date of birth:

Profession: Humanitarian worker works at Saudi Arabian Red Crescent Society in Riyadh

Hometown/region: Riyadh

Date of arrest: 12/03/2018

Manner of arrest: Officials dressed in civilian clothes and believed to be from Saudi Arabia’s Mabahith secret police arrested AlSadhan from his work place at the headquarters of the Saudi Arabian Red Crescent Society in Riyadh

Charges:

Court:

Sentence:

Date of sentencing:

Where held:

Violations:  Arbitrary arrest and enforced disappearance

Essam Koshak

Essam Koshak

Name: Essam Koshak

Marital status:

Date of birth:

Profession: Human rights activist

Hometown/region:

Date of arrest: Mecca Genera Prison

Manner of arrest: 08/01/2018

Charges:

Court:

Sentence:  4 years in prison

Date of sentencing:

Where held: Mecca Prison

Violations:  Arbitrary arrest

Saleh al-Shehi 

Saleh al-Shehi 

Name:  Saleh Mohammed al-Shehi      

Marital status:  Married

Date of birth:                                         

Profession:  Journalist              

Hometown/region:  Rabha

Date of arrest:  03/01/2018

Manner of arrest:  Police raided his home and took him to an unknown location

Charges:  Insulting the Royal Court and its staff

Court:  Specialised Criminal Court, Riyadh  

Sentence:  5-year prison sentence  and 5-year travel ban     

Date of sentencing: 28/02/2018

Where held:  Unknown

Violations:  Arbitrary arrest and enforced disappearance; denied access to a lawyer; placed in solitary confinement; non-independent judiciary 

Walid Fitaihi  

Walid Fitaihi  

Name:  Walid Ahmad Fitaihi        

Marital status:  Married

Date of birth:  24/09/1964                               

Profession:  Physician                                          

Hometown/region:  Jeddah

Date of arrest:  05/11/2017

Manner of arrest:  Arrested with excessive force from the hospital where he worked

Charges:  

Court:                        

Sentence:                       

Date of sentencing: 

Location:  Initially the Ritz Carlton hotel in Riyadh, then Al-Ha’ir Prison, Riyadh; released on bail 01/08/2019

Violations:  Arbitrary arrest and detention without charge for 20 months; enforced disappearance; denied access to a lawyer; torture and ill-treatment including electric shocks; denied family visits and phone calls for long periods

Note:  Fitaihi has dual Saudi-US citizenship

Mohammad al-Bisher

Mohammad al-Bisher

Name: Mohammad al-Bisher

Marital status:

Date of birth:

Profession:

Hometown/region:

Date of arrest: 04/10/2017

Manner of arrest:

Charges:

Court:

Sentence:

Date of sentencing:

Where held:

Violations:  Arbitrary arrest

Mubark Zuair

Mubark Zuair

Name: Mubark Zuair

Marital status:

Date of birth:

Profession: Academic

Hometown/region:  Riyadh

Date of arrest: 04/10/2017

Manner of arrest:

Charges:

Court:

Sentence:

Date of sentencing:

Where held:

Violations:  Arbitrary arrest

Jamal al-Najem

Jamal al-Najem

Name: Jamal al-Najem

Marital status:

Date of birth:

Profession: Professor

Hometown/region: Dammam

Date of arrest: 01/10/2017

Manner of arrest:

Charges:

Court:

Sentence:

Date of sentencing:

Where held:

Violations:  Arbitrary arrest

Jamil Farsi

Jamil Farsi

Name: Jamil Farsi

Marital status:

Date of birth:

Profession: Journalist

Hometown/region: Mecca

Date of arrest: 01/10/2017

Manner of arrest:

Charges:

Court:

Sentence:

Date of sentencing:

Where held: Dhahban prison 

Violations:  Arbitrary arrest

Senhat al-Otaibi

Senhat al-Otaibi

Name:  Senhat al-Otaibi

Marital status:

Date of birth:

Profession:

Hometown/region:

Date of arrest:

Manner of arrest:

Charges:

Court:

Sentence:

Date of sentencing:

Where held:

Violations:  Arbitrary arrest

Saad al-Otaibi

Saad al-Otaibi

Name:   Saad al-Otaibi

Marital status:

Date of birth:

Profession: Cleric

Hometown/region:

Date of arrest:

Manner of arrest:

Charges:

Court:

Sentence:

Date of sentencing:

Where held:

Violations:  Arbitrary arrest

Habeeb al-Loiheq

Habeeb al-Loiheq

Name: Habeeb al-Loiheq

Marital status:

Date of birth:

Profession: Member of National Human Rights Organisation

Hometown/region:

Date of arrest:

Manner of arrest:

Charges:

Court:

Sentence:

Date of sentencing:

Where held:

Violations: Arbitrary arrest

Mohammed al Barrak

Mohammed al Barrak

Name: Mohammed al Barrak

Marital status:

Date of birth:

Profession: Cleric, professor

Hometown/region:

Date of arrest:

Manner of arrest:

Charges:

Court:

Sentence:

Date of sentencing:

Where held:

Violations:  Arbitrary arrest

Mosad al-Kathiri

Mosad al-Kathiri

Name: Mosad al-Kathiri

Marital status:

Date of birth:

Profession:

Hometown/region:

Date of arrest:

Manner of arrest:

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Court:

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Date of sentencing:

Where held:

Violations:  Arbitrary arrest

Mousa al-Ganami

Mousa al-Ganami

Name: Mousa al-Ganami

Marital status:

Date of birth:

Profession: Blogger

Hometown/region:

Date of arrest:

Manner of arrest:

Charges:

Court:

Sentence:

Date of sentencing:

Where held:

Violations:  Arbitrary arrest

Khaled Abdulrahman al-Ojaimi

Khaled Abdulrahman al-Ojaimi

Name:  Khaled Abdulrahman al-Ojaimi   

Marital status:  Married

Date of birth:                                          

Profession:  Human rights activist             

Hometown/region:  Riyadh

Date of arrest: 13/09/2017

Manner of arrest:  By security forces

Charges: 

Court:                        

Sentence:                       

Date of sentencing: 

Where held:  Unknown

Violations:  Arbitrary arrest and enforced disappearance; placed in solitary confinement; denied contact with his family 

Sami al-Majed

Sami al-Majed

Name: Sami al-Majed

Marital status:

Date of birth:

Profession: Professor

Hometown/region:

Date of arrest:

Manner of arrest:

Charges:

Court:

Sentence:

Date of sentencing:

Where held:

Violations:  Arbitrary arrest,  torture  and ill treatment

Ahmad al-Sawian

Ahmad al-Sawian

Name: Ahmad al-Sawian

Marital status:

Date of birth:

Profession: Journalist

Hometown/region:

Date of arrest: 20/09/2017

Manner of arrest:

Charges:

Court:

Sentence:

Date of sentencing:

Where held:

Violations:  Arbitrary arrest

Malik al-Ahmad

Malik al-Ahmad

Name:  Malik al-Ahmad   

Marital status:  Married

Age:  In his fifties                                                 

Profession:  Academic and journalist        

Hometown/region:  Riyadh

Date of arrest:  19/09/2017

Manner of arrest:  Taken by a group of security officers to an unknown location

Charges:

Court:                   

Sentence:                   

Date of sentencing:

Where held:  Unknown, but thought to be in Al-Ha’ir Prison, Riyadh

Violations:  Enforced disappearance; arbitrary arrest; placed in solitary confinement; denied contact with his family; denied access to a lawyer 

 

 

Issa al-Hamid

Issa al-Hamid

Name: Issa al-Hamid

Marital status:

Date of birth:

Profession: human rights activist, member of Saudi Civil and Political Rights Association (ACPRA)

Hometown/region: Buraidah, Al-Qaseem

Date of arrest: 16/09/2017

Manner of arrest:

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:

Sentence:

Date of sentencing:

Where held:

Violations:  Arbitrary arrest

Abdulaziz Al-Zahrani

Abdulaziz Al-Zahrani

Name: Abdulaziz Al-Zahrani

Marital status:

Date of birth:

Profession:   Academic

Hometown/region:

Date of arrest:

Manner of arrest:

Charges:

Court:

Sentence:

Date of sentencing:

Where held:

Violations:  Arbitrary arrest

Abdulaziz al-Shubaily

Name: Abdulaziz al-Shubaily

Marital status:

Date of birth: 25/02/1985

Profession: human rights activist, member of Civil and Political Rights Association (ACPRA)

Hometown/region: Al-Qaseem

Date of arrest: 17/09/2017

Manner of arrest:

Charges: The charges against him included “incitement against public order,” “insulting the judiciary,” “describing the ruling Saudi state ‘unjustly and wrongly’ as a police state,” and “participating in an unlicensed association.”

Court:

Sentence: Resentenced to eight years in prison and eight-year travel ban 

Date of sentencing: 29 /05/ 2016 .  Re-sentenced: 10/01/2017

Where held: Onayza prison

Violations:  Arbitrary arrest

Rabee Hafez

Rabee Hafez

Name:  Rabee Hamza Hafez     

Marital status:  Married 

Date of birth:                                                   

Profession:  Singer                                                 

Hometown/region:  Medina 

Date of arrest:  15/09/2017

Manner of arrest:  In a raid on his home by armed security personnel

Charges: 

Court:                        

Sentence:                       

Date of sentencing: 

Where held:  Dhahban Central Prison, Jeddah

Violations:  Arbitrary arrest; denied contact with his family; denied access to a lawyer; placed in solitary confinement 

Idris Abker

Idris Abker

Name: Idris Abker

Marital status:

Date of birth:

Profession: Reciter

Hometown/region:  Jeddah , Saudi Arabia

Date of arrest: 15/09/2017

Manner of arrest:

Charges:

Court:

Sentence:

Date of sentencing:

Where held:

Violations:  Arbitrary arrest

Khaled al-Alkami

Khaled al-Alkami

Name: Khaled al-Alkami

Marital status:

Date of birth:

Profession:   blogger

Hometown/region:

Date of arrest:  12/09/2017

Manner of arrest:

Charges:

Court:

Sentence:

Date of sentencing:

Where held:

Violations:  Arbitrary arrest

Hamoud Al-Amri

Hamoud Al-Amri

Name: Hamoud Ali Al-Amri

Marital status:

Date of birth:

Profession: Cleric

Hometown/region: Jeddah

Date of arrest: 12/09/2017

Manner of arrest:

Charges:

Court:

Sentence:

Date of sentencing:

Where held:

Violations:  Arbitrary arrest

Ahmed Al-Amira

Ahmed Al-Amira

Name:  Ahmed al-Amira

Marital status:

Date of birth:

Profession:  secretary of the ministry of justice

Hometown/region:

Date of arrest: 12/09/2017

Manner of arrest:

Charges:

Court:

Sentence:

Date of sentencing:

Where held:

Violations:  Arbitrary arrest

Zaid al-Banawi

Zaid al-Banawi

Name: Zaid al-Banawi

Marital status:

Date of birth:

Profession: Military expert

Hometown/region:

Date of arrest:  12/09/2017

Manner of arrest:

Charges:

Court:

Sentence:

Date of sentencing:

Where held:

Violations:  Arbitrary arrest

Salem al-Daiini

Salem al-Daiini

Name: Salem al-Daiini

Marital status:

Date of birth:

Profession:  Secretary office of ministry of labor and social affairs

Hometown/region:

Date of arrest:  12/09/2017

Manner of arrest:

Charges:

Court:

Sentence:

Date of sentencing:

Where held:

Violations:  Arbitrary arrest

Mustafa al-Hassan

Mustafa al-Hassan

Name:  Mustafa al-Hassan

Marital status:

Date of birth:

Profession: Cleric

Hometown/region:  al-Dammam

Date of arrest: 12/09/2017

Manner of arrest:

Charges:

Court:

Sentence:

Date of sentencing:

Where held: Dammam Prison

Violations:  Arbitrary arrest

Yousef al-Farraj

Yousef al-Farraj

Name:   Yousef al-Farraj

Marital status:

Date of birth:

Profession: Supervisor at the ministry of justice

Hometown/region:

Date of arrest:  12/09/2017

Manner of arrest:

Charges:

Court:

Sentence:

Date of sentencing:

Where held:

Violations:  Arbitrary arrest

Sami al-ghaihb

Sami al-ghaihb

Name:

Marital status:

Date of birth:

Profession:

Hometown/region:

Date of arrest:  12/09/2017

Manner of arrest:

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Court:

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Date of sentencing:

Where held:

Violations:  Arbitrary arrest

Fawzan al-Ghaslan

Fawzan al-Ghaslan

Name: Fawzan al-Ghaslan

Marital status:

Date of birth:

Profession:

Hometown/region:

Date of arrest: 12/09/2017

Manner of arrest:

Charges:

Court:

Sentence:

Date of sentencing:

Where held:

Violations:  Arbitrary arrest

Ali Abu al-Hassan

Ali Abu al-Hassan

Name: Ali Abu al-Hassan

Marital status:

Date of birth:

Profession:  journalist

Hometown/region:

Date of arrest:

Manner of arrest:

Charges:

Court:

Sentence:

Date of sentencing:

Where held:

Violations:  Arbitrary arrest

Walid al-Huwairini  

Walid al-Huwairini  

Name:  Walid al-Huwairini     

Marital status:  Married 

Date of birth:                                                   

Profession:  Academic and media personality                      

Hometown/region:  Riyadh

Date of arrest:  12/09/2017

Manner of arrest:  In a raid on his home by soldiers, who took him to Al-Ha’ir Prison

Charges: 

Court:                        

Sentence:                       

Date of sentencing: 

Where held:  Al-Ha’ir Prison, Riyadh

Violations:  Arbitrary arrest; placed in solitary confinement; denied contact with his family; denied access to a lawyer

Ali Al-juhani

Ali Al-juhani

Name: Ali Al-juhani

Marital status:

Date of birth:

Profession:

Hometown/region:

Date of arrest:  12/09/2017

Manner of arrest:

Charges:

Court:

Sentence:

Date of sentencing:

Where held:

Violations:  Arbitrary arrest

Khaled al-Mahoush

Khaled al-Mahoush

Name: Khaled al-Mahoush

Marital status:

Date of birth:

Profession: Writer

Hometown/region: al-Qaseem

Date of arrest: 12/09/2017

Manner of arrest:

Charges:

Court:

Sentence:

Date of sentencing:

Where held:

Violations:  Arbitrary arrest

Note: first trial was conducted on the 15/10/2018 

Ruqiya al-Muhareb   

Ruqiya al-Muhareb   

Name:  Ruqiya Mohammed al-Muhareb     

Marital status:  Married

Date of  birth:               

Profession:  Academic  

Hometown/region:  Riyadh

Date of arrest:  12/09/2017

Manner of arrest:  In a pre-dawn raid on her home by security forces who broke into her bedroom

Charges:  Working for foreign entities

Court:  Specialised Criminal Court   

Sentence:                  

Date of sentencing:

Where held:  On temporary release (from Al-Ha’ir  prison, Riyadh) since 28/03/2019

Violations:  Arbitrary arrest; placed in solitary confinement; non-independent judiciary

Yousuf al-Mulhem

Yousuf al-Mulhem

Name: Yousuf al-Mulhem

Marital status:

Date of birth:

Profession: Blogger

Hometown/region:

Date of arrest: 12/09/2017

Manner of arrest:

Charges:

Court:

Sentence:

Date of sentencing:

Where held:

Violations:  Arbitrary arrest

Yousef al-Mohaus

Yousef al-Mohaus

Name:   Yousef al-Mohaus

Marital status:

Date of birth:

Profession:  Dean of science and humanitarian Studies

Hometown/region:  Sudair

Date of arrest: 12/09/2017

Manner of arrest:

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Court:

Sentence:

Date of sentencing:

Where held:

Violations:  Arbitrary arrest

Khaled al-Odah

Khaled al-Odah

Name:  Khaled Fahad al-Odah (brother of Salman al-Odah)     

Marital status:  Married

Date of birth:  1964                                               

Profession:  Academic                    

Hometown/region:  Buraydah, Al Qassim

Date of arrest:  12/09/2017

Manner of arrest:  Taken by a group of soldiers to an unknown location

Charges:  Sympathising with his brother Salman al-Odah; mixing private and public business 

Court:  Riyadh Criminal Court                   

Sentence:                       

Date of sentencing: 

Where held:  Al-Tarafiya Prison, Al Qassim 

Violations:  Arbitrary arrest; denied medical treatment; placed in solitary confinement; non-independent judiciary 

Yousef Al-qassim

Yousef Al-qassim

Name: Yousef Al-qassim

Marital status:

Date of birth:

Profession:

Hometown/region:

Date of arrest:  12/09/2017

Manner of arrest:

Charges:

Court:

Sentence:

Date of sentencing:

Where held:

Violations:  Arbitrary arrest

Razin al-Razin

Razin al-Razin

Name: Razin al-Razin

Marital status:

Date of birth:

Profession:   Academic

Hometown/region:

Date of arrest:12/09/2017

Manner of arrest:

Charges:

Court:

Sentence:

Date of sentencing:

Where held:

Violations:  Arbitrary arrest

Nayef Al-sahafi

Nayef Al-sahafi

Name: Nayef al-sahafi

Marital status:

Date of birth:

Profession:  Blogger

Hometown/region:

Date of arrest:  12/09/2017

Manner of arrest:

Charges:

Court:

Sentence:

Date of sentencing:

Where held:

Violations:  Arbitrary arrest

Rashid Al-shahri

Rashid Al-shahri

Name: Rashid Al-Shahri

Marital status:

Date of birth:

Profession:

Hometown/region:

Date of arrest:  12/09/2017

Manner of arrest:

Charges:

Court:

Sentence:

Date of sentencing:

Where held:

Violations:  Arbitrary arrest

Mohammed al-Shnar

Mohammed al-Shnar

Name: Mohammed al-Shnar

Marital status:

Date of birth:

Profession: Cleric

Hometown/region:  Riyadh

Date of arrest: 12/09/2017

Manner of arrest:

Charges:

Court:

Sentence:

Date of sentencing:

Where held:

Violations:  Arbitrary arrest

Abdullah al-Suailem

Abdullah al-Suailem

Name:   Abdullah al-Suailem

Marital status:

Date of birth:

Profession:  Member of the advisory board

Hometown/region:

Date of arrest: 12/09/2017

Manner of arrest:

Charges:

Court:

Sentence:

Date of sentencing:

Where held:

Violations:  Arbitrary arrest

Sami al-Thubaiti

Sami al-Thubaiti

Name: Sami al-Thubaiti

Marital status:

Date of birth:

Profession: Journalist

Hometown/region:

Date of arrest: 12/09/2017

Manner of arrest:

Charges:

Court:

Sentence:

Date of sentencing:

Where held:

Violations:  Arbitrary arrest

Essam al-Zamel

Name: Essam al-Zamel

Marital status:

Date of birth:

Profession: Economist

Hometown/region:  Al-Dammam

Date of arrest: 12/09/2017

Manner of arrest:

Charges: Seeking to undermine the social fabric of the nation. Seeking to stir up sedition in the Kingdom through his Twitter account. Attacking and discrediting policies and decisions of the State. Questioning the probity of the State. Describing the State as tyrannical. Attacking the rulers’ foreign policy. Inciting demonstrations and sit-ins. Belonging to a proscribed group (the Muslim Brotherhood). Insulting the States of Egypt and the UAE and their leaders, and meddling in their affairs. Communicating with a Qatari figure after the Doha boycott. Meeting foreign diplomats in official positions several times; offering them analyses and opinions; and supplying them with information about the Kingdom, initiatives and decisions it is working on, and what is happening inside it, without informing the authorities or asking their permission before meeting the foreigners, with the intention of harming Saudi Arabia’s policies, as he was aware the diplomats would relay those opinions to their countries. Participating with other Saudis in a Telegram group that denigrated policies and decisions of the State and its rulers. Preparing, sending and storing on his Twitter account tweets prejudicial to public order and harmful to Saudi policy, and belonging to an online group on Telegram.

Court:

Sentence:

Date of sentencing:

Where held: Al-Ha’ir

Violations:  Arbitrary arrest and  solitary confinement since Feb 2018

Ali Badahdah

Ali Badahdah

Name:  Ali bin Omar Badahdah        

Marital status:  Married

Date of birth:  1961                                           

Profession:  Academic                    

Hometown/region:  Jeddah 

Date of arrest:  12/09/2017

Manner of arrest:  In a raid on his home by heavily armed soldiers

Charges:  

Court:                        

Sentence:                       

Date of sentencing: 

Where held:  Dhahban Central Prison, Jeddah

Violations:  Arbitrary arrest; denied access to a lawyer; denied contact with his family

Adel Banaima

Adel Banaima

Name:  Adel bin Ahmed Banaima                                           

Marital status:  Married 

Date of birth:  15/11/1974                   

Profession:  Academic                   

Hometown/region:  Jeddah

Date of arrest:  12/09/2017

Manner of arrest: 

Charges: 

Court:  Riyadh Criminal Court                   

Sentence:                       

Date of sentencing: 

Where held: Dhahban Central Prison, Jeddah

Violations:  Enforced disappearance; arbitrary arrest; denied access to a lawyer

Abdullah al-Maliki

Abdullah al-Maliki

Name: Abdullah al-Maliki

Marital status:

Date of birth:

Profession: Writer

Hometown/region:  Jeddah

Date of arrest: 12/09/2017

Manner of arrest:

Charges:

Court:

Sentence:

Date of sentencing:

Where held:

Violations:  Arbitrary arrest

Gurom al-beshi

Gurom al-beshi

Name:   Gurom al-beshi

Marital status:

Date of birth:

Profession: Cleric

Hometown/region:  Asir

Date of arrest: 11/09/2017

Manner of arrest:

Charges:

Court:

Sentence:

Date of sentencing:

Where held:

Violations:  Arbitrary arrest

Mohammed al-Habdan

Mohammed al-Habdan

Name:   Mohammed Abdullah al-Habdan    

Marital status:  Married 

Date of birth:  1974                                                    

Profession:  Cleric                                                  

Hometown/region:  Riyadh

Date of arrest:  11/09/2017

Manner of arrest:  In a raid on his home by heavily armed officers 

Charges:  Sympathising with the Muslim Brotherhood; sympathising with detained women activists

Court:  Specialised Criminal Court                      

Sentence:  The public prosecution has called for a 20-year prison term                 

Date of sentencing: 

Where held:  Al-Ha’ir Prison, Riyadh

Violations:  Arbitrary arrest; held without charge for nearly a year; denied access to a lawyer; denied contact with his family for a year

Ibrahim al-Harthi 

Ibrahim al-Harthi 

Name:  Ibrahim al-Harthi                  

Marital status:  Married 

Date of birth:                                                   

Profession:  Cleric                                                  

Hometown/region: Jeddah 

Date of arrest:  11/09/2017

Manner of arrest:  In a raid on his home by armed security personnel 

Charges: 

Court:                        

Sentence:                       

Date of sentencing: 

Where held:  Al-Ha’ir Prison, Riyadh 

Violations:  Arbitrary arrest; denied access to a lawyer; placed in solitary confinement; non-independent judiciary

Yousef al-Ahmad

Yousef al-Ahmad

Name:  Yousef Abdullah al-Ahmad      

Marital status:  Married

Date of birth:  1968                                            

Profession:  Academic          

Hometown/region:  Riyadh

Date of arrest:  11/09/2017

Manner of arrest:  Armed officers raided his home and took him initially to an unknown location, later discovered to be Al-Ha’ir Prison, Riyadh

Charges:  Issuing dubious fatwas, among other accusations

Court:  Specialised Criminal Court, Riyadh

Sentence:                       

Date of sentencing: 

Where held:  Al-Ha’ir Prison, Riyadh

Violations:  Arbitrary arrest and enforced disappearance; placed in solitary confinement; denied access to a lawyer; denied contact with his family

Ibrahim al-Faris

Ibrahim al-Faris

Name:   Ibrahim bin Othman al-Faris     

Marital status:  Married 

Date of birth:  1956                 

Profession:  Academic and cleric                                           

Hometown/region:  Riyadh 

Date of arrest:  11/09/2017 

Manner of arrest:  In a raid on his home by security forces 

Charges: 

Court:                        

Sentence:                       

Date of sentencing: 

Where held:  Al-Ha’ir Prison, Riyadh

Violations:  Arbitrary arrest; placed in solitary confinement; denied access to a lawyer, non-independent judiciary  

Mohammed al-Khudairi  

Mohammed al-Khudairi  

Name:  Mohammed Abdulaziz al-Khudairi         

Marital status:  Married 

Date of birth:  1965                                                

Profession:   Academic                            

Hometown/region:  Riyadh

Date of arrest:  11/09/2017

Manner of arrest: 

Charges:  Disobeying the ruler; delivering a Friday sermon in Qatar; building mosques 

Court:  Specialised Criminal Court, Riyadh           

Sentence:                       

Date of sentencing: 

Where held:  Al-Ha’ir Prison, Riyadh 

Violations:  Arbitrary arrest; held for almost a year before being charged; placed in solitary confinement; denied access to a lawyer; denied contact with his family; non-independent judiciary 

Abdulaziz Al-Abdul Latif

Abdulaziz Al-Abdul Latif

Name: Abdulaziz Al-Abdul Latif

Marital status:

Date of birth:

Profession: Cleric

Hometown/region:

Date of arrest: 11/09/2017

Manner of arrest:

Charges:

Court:

Sentence:

Date of sentencing:

Where held:

Violations:  Arbitrary arrest

Mohammed al-Sharif  

Mohammed al-Sharif  

Name:  Mohammed Musa al-Sharif     

Marital status:  Married

Date of birth:  1961                                                  

Profession:  Academic and author          

Hometown/region:  Jeddah 

Date of arrest:  11/09/2017

Manner of arrest:  In a raid on his home by a large group of armed security personnel, frightening his family

Charges:  20 counts including undermining national security; belonging to the Muslim Brotherhood; supporting the Palestinan resistance

Court:  Specialised Criminal Court                        

Sentence:                    

Date of sentencing: 

Where held:  Dhahban Central Prison, Jeddah 

Violations:  Arbitrary arrest; denied access to a lawyer; denied contact with his family; confiscation of personal possessions such as electronic devices

Fahad Al Sunaidi

Fahad Al Sunaidi

Name:   Fahad Al Sunaidi

Marital status:

Date of birth:

Profession:   Journalist

Hometown/region: Riyadh

Date of arrest: 11/09/2017

Manner of arrest:

Charges:

Court:

Sentence:

Date of sentencing:

Where held: Al-Ha’ir

Violations:  Arbitrary arrest

note: 10/09/2018- first trial

Hassan al-Maliki

Hassan al-Maliki

Name: Hassan Farhan al-Maliki

Marital status:

Date of birth:

Profession:  Cleric

Hometown/region:  Abha

Date of arrest: 11/09/2017

Manner of arrest:

Charges: 2 charges relate to his peaceful expression of his religious opinions about  certain sayings of the prophet and his criticism of several seventh century Islamic figures. Other charges include “insulting the country’s rulers and the Supreme Council of Religious Scholars, and describing them as extremist,” and accusing Gulf countries of supporting ISIS. Praising Hezbollah’s leader, Hassan Nasrallah, and “having sympathy” for the Houthi group in Yemen, and expressing his religious views in television interviews, attending discussion groups in Saudi Arabia, writing books and studies and publishing them outside of Saudi Arabia, possession of banned books, defaming a Kuwaiti man by accusing him on Twitter of supporting ISIS, and violating the country’s cybercrime law. the final verdict ( death sentence)  was to be issued on the 16th of October 2019. However, it was postponed to another session  and no date was given. 

Court: Specialized Criminal Court

Sentence: Death sentence sought

Date of sentencing:

Where held:

Violations:  Arbitrary arrest

note: Saudi Arabia’s terrorism court, has held at least three trial sessions on al-Maliki’s case, but the next hearing has not yet been scheduled.

Ibrahim Al-Nasser

Ibrahim Al-Nasser

Name: Ibrahim Al-Nasser

Marital status:

Date of birth:

Profession:  Cleric

Hometown/region:  Riyadh

Date of arrest: 11/09/2017

Manner of arrest:

Charges:

Court:

Sentence:

Date of sentencing:

Where held:

Violations:  Arbitrary arrest

Ziad Ben Nahit

Ziad Ben Nahit

Name:   Ziad Ben Nahit

Marital status: Married

Date of birth:

Profession: Poet

Hometown/region:  Riyadh

Date of arrest: 11/09/2017

Manner of arrest:

Charges:

Court:

Sentence:

Date of sentencing:

Where held: Released on 20/12/2017

Violations:  Arbitrary arrest

Salman al-Odah

Salman al-Odah

Name:  Salman Fahad al-Odah       

Marital status:  Married

Date of birth: 1956                           

Profession:  Cleric           

Hometown/region:  Riyadh

Date of arrest: 10/09/2017

Manner of arrest:  State Security officers took him from his home to Dhahban Central Prison, Jeddah

Charges:  37 counts including turning society against the country’s rulers; seeking to corrupt society; having links with individuals and organisations belonging to the Muslim Brotherhood; not praying enough for the country’s rulers; calling for change in the Saudi government; attempting to incite revolution

Court:  Specialised Criminal Court   

Sentence:  The public prosecution is calling for the death penalty and the verdict will be released on the 30th of Oct 2019

Date of sentencing:  The trial has been postponed several times

Where held:  Dhahban Central Prison, Jeddah

Violations:  Arbitrary arrest; denied visits and contact with his family for a long period; denied access to a lawyer: trial hearings conducted secretly; non-independent judiciary

Ali al-Amri    

Ali al-Amri    

Name:  Ali bin Hamza al-Amri               

Marital status:  Married

Date of birth:  02/11/1973                                                 

Profession:  Academic                       

Hometown/region:  Jeddah

Date of arrest: 09/09/2017

Manner of arrest:  In a raid on his home by armed security personnel

Charges:  Over 30 counts including forming a youth organisation to carry out terrorist acts in Saudi Arabia 

Court:  Specialised Criminal Court, Riyadh 

Sentence: Believed to have been sentenced to death (unconfirmed)   

Date of sentencing:  Sentence not yet announced

Where held:  Dhahban Central Prison, Jeddah 

Violations:  Arbitrary arrest; placed in solitary confinement; denied contact with his family for over a year; denied access to a lawyer; trial held in secret; non-independent judiciary 

Awadh al-Qarni  

Awadh al-Qarni  

Name:  Awadh bin Mohammed al-Qarni      

Marital status:  Married 

Date of birth:  1956                                                  

Profession:  Academic                         

Hometown/region:  Abha, Aseer

Date of arrest:  09/09/2018

Manner of arrest:  In a raid on his home by security personnel

Charges:  Incitement to insult heads of state; supporting the Muslim Brotherhood; incitement to fight in conflict zones and join a terrorist entity 

Court:  Specialised Criminal Court, Riyadh                       

Sentence:  The public prosecution is calling for the death penalty                   

Date of sentencing:  

Where held:  Dhahban Central Prison, Jeddah

Violations:  Arbitrary arrest; kept in solitary confinement for two years

Alabbas al-Maliki

Alabbas al-Maliki

Name: Alabbas Hassan al-Maliki

Marital status:

Date of birth:

Profession:

Hometown/region:

Date of arrest: October 2017

Manner of arrest:

Charges:

Court:

Sentence:

Date of sentencing:

Where held:

Violations:  Arbitrary arrest

Menawer al Abdali

Menawer al Abdali

Name: Menawer al Abdali

Marital status:

Date of birth:

Profession:

Hometown/region:

Date of arrest:

Manner of arrest:

Charges:

Court:

Sentence:

Date of sentencing:

Where held:

Violations:  Arbitrary arrest

Abdullah al-Atawi

Abdullah al-Atawi

Name:  Abdullah al-Atawi

Marital status:

Date of birth:

Profession: human rights activist

Hometown/region:

Date of arrest:

Manner of arrest:

Charges: “Forming an unlicensed organisation” (Al-Ittehad Human Rights Association)

Court: Specialised Criminal Court

Sentence: sentenced to 7 years in prison 

Date of sentencing: 25/01/2018

Where held:

Violations:  Arbitrary arrest; sentence based on charges relating to the peaceful exercise of his right to freedom of expression

Mohamed al-Otaibi

Mohamed al-Otaibi

Name: Mohamed al-Otaibi

Marital status:

Date of birth:

Profession: Human rights activist

Hometown/region:

Date of arrest: 24/05/2017

Manner of arrest: al-Otaibi was arrested in Hamad International Airport  in Qatar while he was on his way to Norway,  then deported to Saudi

Charges: “Forming an unlicensed organisation” (Al-Ittehad Human Rights Association), seeking to incite sedition and spread chaos, breaching public security and committing crimes punishable under article 6 of the Anti-Cybercrime law. On the 14th of October 2019,  4 new charges sheet were handed to Al-Otaibi included ” going to Qatar” and ” interfering in public affairs” .   No international observers were seen. 

Court:  The Specialised  Criminal Court

Sentence: 25/01/2018

Date of sentencing:  Sentenced to14 years in prison followed by 14 year travel ban

Where held: Intelligence Prison, Al-Damam

Violations:  Arbitrary arrest.

Dina Ali

Dina Ali

Name: Dina Ali

Marital status:

Date of birth:

Profession:

Hometown/region:  Riyadh

Date of arrest: 11/04/2017

Manner of arrest:  Dina was arrested in the Phillipenes as she was there in transit heading to Australia. the Phillipenes authorities handed her over to the Saudi police .

Charges:

Court:

Sentence:

Date of sentencing:

Where held: Young Women’s Care Home in Riyadh

Violations:  Arbitrary arrest

Mohammed al-Humaidi

Mohammed al-Humaidi

Name: Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Haroun al-Humaidi

Marital status:

Date of birth:

Profession: Social acitivst

Hometown/region:

Date of arrest: 14/02/2017

Manner of arrest:

Charges:

Court:

Sentence: Sentenced to 2 years in prison

Date of sentencing:

Where held: Malaz Prison in Riyadh

Violations:  Arbitrary arrest

Abdulmohsen Al-Ahmad

Abdulmohsen Al-Ahmad

Name: Abdulmohsen Al-Ahmad

Marital status:

Date of birth:

Profession: Writer

Hometown/region:

Date of arrest: 18/01/2017

Manner of arrest:

Charges:

Court:

Sentence: Sentenced to 7 years in prison

Date of sentencing: 18/01/2017

Where held: Al-Ha’ir Prison in Riyadh

Violations:  Arbitrary arrest

Ahmed Mshukhs

Ahmed Mshukhs

Name: Ahmed Mshukhs

Marital status:

Date of birth:

Profession:  Human rights activist

Hometown/region:

Date of arrest: 05/01/2017

Manner of arrest:

Charges:

Court:

Sentence:

Date of sentencing:

Where held: Qatif police prison

Violations:  Arbitrary arrest

Fayez Ben Damakh

Fayez Ben Damakh

Name: Fayez Ben Damakh

Marital status:

Date of birth:

Profession:   Journalist

Hometown/region:

Date of arrest:  2017

Manner of arrest:

Charges:

Court:

Sentence:

Date of sentencing:

Where held:

Violations: Arbitrary arrest and enforced disapearance

Maryam al-Otaibi

Maryam al-Otaibi

Name:  Maryam al-Otaibi

Marital status:

Date of birth:

Profession:  Human rights activist 

Hometown/region:  Riyadh

Date of arrest: 18/04/2016

Manner of arrest:

Charges:

Court:

Sentence: suspended sentence of six months Released July 2017

Date of sentencing:

Where held:

Violations:  Arbitrary arrest

Ibrahim al-Sakran

Ibrahim al-Sakran

Name: Ibrahim al-Sakran

Marital status:

Date of birth:

Profession: cleric

Hometown/region:

Date of arrest: 14/06/2016

Manner of arrest:

Charges: Al-Sakran is charged with ‘damaging the fabric of society by slan- dering organs of the state, belittling their achievements and inciting public opinion’. He is also accused of ‘interfering in the affairs of other countries by insulting the presidents of the UAE and Egypt

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Court:

Sentence: five years  in prison 

Date of sentencing: 25/05/2017

Where held:

Violations:  Arbitrary arrest

Naima al-Matrood

Naima al-Matrood

Name: Naima al-Matrood

Marital status:

Date of birth:

Profession:

Hometown/region:  AlQatif

Date of arrest: 13/04/2016

Manner of arrest:

Charges:  Alleged offence of taking part in peaceful protest in Eastern Province between 2011-2015

Court:

Sentence: Six years in prison and Six-year travel ban 

Date of sentencing: 16/04/2017

Where held:

Violations:  Arbitrary arrest

Fahad al-Fahad

Fahad al-Fahad

Name: Fahad al-Fahad

Marital status:

Date of birth:

Profession: Human rights activist

Hometown/region:

Date of arrest: 07/04/2016

Manner of arrest:

Charges: preparing, storing and transmitting data harmful to public order; communicating with organisations hostile to the country; denigrating the State and its judicial apparatus; inciting people against the Crown Prince by calling for demonstrations and rallies; and supporting a proscribed group, a reference to ACPRA

Court:

Sentence: Sentenced to five years in prison and ten-year travel ban

Date of sentencing: 11/01/2017

Where held:  Dhahban prison

Violations:  Arbitrary arrest

Mohammed al-Hudaif

Mohammed al-Hudaif

Name:  Mohammed al-Hudaif

Marital status:

Date of birth:

Profession: Cleric

Hometown/region:

Date of arrest: 19/03/2016

Manner of arrest: He was arrested at Riyadh’s King Khaled International Airport on his way home from Turkey

Charges: Destroying national cohesion, insulting neighbouring states (the UAE), publishing writings hostile to state policy, and communicating with members of bodies hostile to the state (MB)

Court:

Sentence: sentenced to five years and five-year travel ban 

Date of sentencing: 01/06/2018

Where held:

Violations:  Arbitrary arrest

Mohammed al-Arefe

Mohammed al-Arefe

Name:   Mohammed al-Arefe

Marital status:

Date of birth:   15/07/1970

Profession:   Prominent religious cleric

Hometown/region:  Riyadh

Date of arrest:

Manner of arrest:

Charges: Tweets he posted

Court:

Sentence:

Date of sentencing: 10/01/2018

Where held:

Violations:  Arbitrary arrest

Tarrad al Amri

Tarrad al Amri

Name: Tarrad al Amri

Marital status:

Date of birth:

Profession:  Writer

Hometown/region:

Date of arrest: November 2016

Manner of arrest:

Charges:

Court:

Sentence:

Date of sentencing:

Where held:

Violations:  Arbitrary arrest

Note: February 2018- reports of his ill-health

ALQST has news that jailed writer Dr Tarad al-Amri is in very poor health and suffering from back pains. He’s been held without trial or investigation, having refused to pledge not to appear in the media or on social media or talk about politics.
Israa Al-Ghomgham

Israa Al-Ghomgham

Name:   Israa Al-Ghomgham

Marital status:

Date of birth:

Profession:   Human rights activist 

Hometown/region:  al-Dammam

Date of arrest: 2016

Manner of arrest:

Charges:

Court:

Sentence: The trial was postponed on 13/01/2019 without a new date being set. The Public Prosecutor had been calling for the death sentence. On 31/01/2019  the Saudi authority announced Israa will not be facing the death penalty.

Date of sentencing:

Where held:

Violations:  Arbitrary arrest

Zuhair Busaleh

Zuhair Busaleh

Name: Zuhair Busaleh

Marital status:

Date of birth:

Profession: Shia Cleric

Hometown/region:

Date of arrest: 01/05/2015

Manner of arrest:

Charges: for performing a Friday prayer in his home

Court:

Sentence:

Date of sentencing:

Where held:

Violations:  Arbitrary arrest

note: On 06/07/2018 he completed three years in prison, despite having long since served his full term of two months and 60 lashes

Fawzan al-Harbi

Fawzan al-Harbi

Name:  Fawzan Mohsen Awadh al-Harbi     

Marital status:  Married

Date of birth: 1978                     

Profession:  Civil engineer and co-founder of the Saudi Civil and Political Rights Association (ACPRA)            

Hometown/region:  Riyadh

Date of arrest:  19/11/2014

Manner of arrest:  Arrested at court following sentencing

Charges:  Disobeying the ruler; damaging the country’s reputation; co-founding an unlicensed association (ACPRA)

Court:  Specialised Criminal Court                 

Sentence:  10-year prison term and 10-year travel ban          

Date of sentencing:  19/11/2014

Where held:  Al-Ha’ir Prison, Riyadh

Violations:  Arbitrary arrest; sentence based on charges relating to the peaceful exercise of his right to freedom of expression and association 

Abdulaziz al-Sunaidi 

Abdulaziz al-Sunaidi 

Name:  Abdulaziz al-Sunaidi    

Marital status: 

Date of birth:                                                   

Profession:                                                    

Hometown/region:  Buraydah, Al Qassim

Date of arrest:  08/02/2015

Manner of arrest:  Arrested at a petrol station by a group of plain-clothes police officers 

Charges:  Using his Twitter account to incite public opinion against the government; signing a petition calling for demonstrations; insulting the king 

Court:  Specialised Criminal Court                     

Sentence:  8-year prison term, 8-year travel ban and a fine of 50,000 Saudi riyals                   

Date of sentencing:  October 2015 

Where held:  Buraydah Prison, Al Qassim

Violations:  Arbitrary arrest; denied access to a lawyer; non-independent judiciary 

Alaa Brinji 

Alaa Brinji 

Name:  Ala’addin (Alaa) Brinji    

Marital status:  Married

Age:  38 years old                                            

Profession:  Journalist and writer                                           

Hometown/region:  Dammam

Date of arrest:  12/05/2014

Manner of arrest:  Arrested by security forces at passport control on the Saudi-Bahrain causeway on his way to Bahrain with his family

Charges:  Insulting the country’s leaders; inciting public opinion; accusing security officers of killing demonstrators in Al Awamiya

Court:  Specialised Criminal Court            

Sentence:  7-year prison sentence, 8-year travel ban, a fine of 50,000 Saudi riyals and forced to close his Twitter account 

Date of sentencing:  24/04/2016

Where held:  The Mabaheth (General Investigations Directorate) prison in Dammam

Violations:  Arbitrary arrest; denied contact with his family; denied essential medical care; denied access to a lawyer

Abdulrahman al-Hamid

Abdulrahman al-Hamid

Name:  Abdulrahman bin Hamid al-Hamid                         

Marital status:  Married 

Date of birth:  1962                                                 

Profession:  Academic and co-founder of the Saudi Civil and Political Rights Association (ACPRA)                                     

Hometown/region:  Riyadh

Date of arrest:  17/04/2014

Manner of arrest:  Arrested while at criminal investigation headquarters

Charges:  Inciting public opinion; creating public disorder by calling for demonstrations; insulting the authorities; co-founding an unlicensed organisation (ACPRA)

Court:  Specialised Criminal Court, Riyadh                 

Sentence:  9-year prison term and a fine of 50,000 Saudi riyals 

Date of sentencing:  13/10/2015

Where held:  Malaz Prison, Riyadh

Violations:  Arbitrary arrest; non-independent judiciary; sentence based on charges relating to the peaceful exercise of his right to freedom of expression and association

Waleed Abu al-Khair

Waleed Abu al-Khair

Name:   Waleed Sami Abu al-Khair     

Marital status:  Single (formerly married to Samar Badawi)

Date of birth:  17/06/1979       

Profession:  Human rights lawyer and activist                                                 

Hometown/region:  Jeddah

Date of arrest:  15/04/2014

Manner of arrest:  During the fifth session of his trial at the Specialised Criminal Court the judge ordered him arrested pending the outcome of the case; Abu al-Khair was placed in Al-Ha’ir Prison

Charges:  Contempt of court; criticising the system of absolute monarchy and calling for a constitutional monarchy; inciting public opinion; communicating with foreign entities; using the media to smear the country’s reputation

Court:  Specialised Criminal Court

Sentence: 15-year prison term, 15-year travel ban and a fine of 200,000 Saudi riyals  

Date of sentencing:  06/07/2014

Where held:  Dhahban Central Prison, Jeddah

Violations:  Denied access to a lawyer; non-independent judiciary; sentence based on charges relating to the peaceful exercise of his right to freedom of expression; denied medical treatment and essential medication

Awards:  Olof Palme Prize 2012; Ludovic Trarieux International Human Rights Prize 2015; Law Society of Upper Canada Human Rights Award 2016; Right Livelihood Award, Sweden, 2018 (jointly with Mohammed Fahad al-Qahtani and Abdullah al-Hamid); PEN Pinter Prize for an International Writer of Courage 2018.

American Bar Association award – 2019

Abdulkarim al-Khodr  

Abdulkarim al-Khodr  

Name:  Abdulkarim al-Khodr                     

Marital status:  Married 

Date of birth:  1966                                

Profession:  Academic and co-founder of the Saudi Civil and Political Rights Association (ACPRA)                                        

Hometown/region:  Al Qassim 

Date of arrest:  09/03/2013

Manner of arrest:  Arrested at the Criminal Court in Buraydah

Charges:  Disobeying the ruler of the country; incitement against the Saudi regime; damaging the country’s reputation; co-founding a civil association (ACPRA); disseminating information to foreign entities 

Court:  Specialised Criminal Court, Riyadh      

Sentence:  10-year prison term and 10-year travel ban

Date of sentencing:  19/10/2015

Where held:  Buraydah Prison, Al Qassim

Violations:  Secret trial; sentence based on charges relating to the peaceful exercise of his right to freedom of expression and association

Abdullah al-Hamid

Abdullah al-Hamid

Name:  Abdullah bin Hamid al-Hamid    

Marital status:  Married

Date of birth:  1950                            

Profession: Academic and co-founder of the Saudi Civil and Political Rights Association (ACPRA)        

Hometown/region:  Riyadh

Date of arrest:  09/03/2013

Manner of arrest:  Arrest ordered by the Specialised Criminal Court, Riyadh

Charges:  Co-founding an unlicensed civic association (ACPRA); seeking to undermine government policies; providing false information about the Saudi government to UN-related bodies; inciting international organisations against Saudi Arabia; turning public opinion against the security services and senior officials; questioning the integrity of the court

Court:  Specialised Criminal Court       

Sentence:  11-year prison term and 5-year travel ban

Date of sentencing:  09/03/2013

Where held:  Malaz Prison, Riyadh

Violations: Secret trial and non-independent judiciary; denied visits; denied medical treatment and essential medication

Awards: Right Livelihood Award, Sweden, 2018 (jointly with Waleed Abu al-Khair and Mohammed al-Qahtani)

Mohammed al-Qahtani  

Mohammed al-Qahtani  

Name:  Mohammed bin Fahad Musleh al-Qahtani                                    

Marital status:  Married

Date of birth:  1965                       

Profession:  Academic, human rights defender/activist and co-founder of the Saudi Civil and Political Rights Association (ACPRA)                                       

Hometown/region:  Riyadh

Date of arrest:  09/03/2013

Manner of arrest:  Arrested after trial at the Specialised Criminal Court in Riyadh

Charges:  Co-founding an unlicensed civil association; criticising state policy and the way the country’s economy was being run; turning public opinion against officials; describing Saudi Arabia as a police state

Court:  Specialised Criminal Court         

Sentence: 10-year prison term and 10-year travel ban             

Date of sentencing:  09/03/2013

Where held:  Malaz Prison, Riyadh

Violations:  Ill treatment and Non-independent judiciary; sentence based on charges relating to the peaceful exercise of his right to freedom of expression and association 

Awards:  Right Livelihood Award, Sweden, 2018 (jointly with Abdullah al-Hamid and Waleed Abu al-Khair)

Sulaiman al-Rashudi

Sulaiman al-Rashudi

Name: Sulaiman al-Rashudi

Marital status:

Date of birth:

Profession:  Former judge and president of the Saudi Civil and Political Rights Association

Hometown/region:

Date of arrest: 12/12/2012

Manner of arrest:

Charges: breaking allegiance with the ruler” and “criticizing state-affiliated religious scholars.”

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Where held: al- Rashudi was Released on 17/12/2017

Violations:  Arbitrary arrest

Mohannad al-Mohaimeed  

Mohannad al-Mohaimeed  

Name:   Mohannad al-Mohaimeed     

Marital status:  Single

Date of birth:                                                   

Profession:                                                    

Hometown/region:  Buraydah, Al-Qassim

Date of arrest: 28/11/2012

Manner of arrest:  Arrested while taking part in a demonstration 

Charges:  Taking part in a demonstration; taking photographs of the demonstration with intent to publish them; lack of respect for the authorities; insulting officials

Court:  Specialised Criminal Court   

Sentence: 10-year prison term, 10-year travel ban and a fine of 100,000 Saudi riyals

Date of sentencing:  09/04/2014  

Where held: Al-Tarafiya Prison, Al Qassim 

Violations:  Arbitrary arrest with excessive use of force; unfair trial based on charges relating to the peaceful exercise of his right to freedom of expression and association

Wajdi Al-Ghazzawi

Wajdi Al-Ghazzawi

Name: Wajdi Al-Ghazzawi

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Profession:  Media consultant,  scholar,  journalist

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Date of arrest: 01/08/2012

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Harming the reputation of the Kingdom. Producing materials that impingeson public order and moral.  Inciting sedition and harming the Kingdoms reputation and standing.  Accusing the government of corruption.  Claiming the Kingdom adopts a policy of slavery and  Receiving US$1.8 million from Libya’s now ousted leader, Colonel Muammar Ghadafi

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Violations:  Arbitrary arrest

Saleh al-Ashwan

Saleh al-Ashwan

Name: Saleh al-Ashwan

Marital status:

Date of birth:

Profession:  member of the Saudi Civil and Political Rights Association ACPRA

Hometown/region:

Date of arrest: 7/7/2012

Manner of arrest: he was arrested on his way out of mosque after performing early morning prayer.

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Sentence: was sent to  six years in prison and five-year travel ban in 2016. Released on 6/4/2018

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Where held: al-Ha’ir prison

Violations:  Arbitrary arrest

Raif Badawi

Raif Badawi

Name: Raif Badawi

Marital status: Married

Date of birth:

Profession: Blogger and the  founder of the Saudi Liberal Forum

Hometown/region: Jeddah

Date of arrest:  Jun 2012

Manner of arrest:

Charges: Insulting Islam through electronic channels

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Sentence: Sentence of 1,000 lashes and 10 years of imprisonment

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Where held: Dhahban Prison

Violations:  Arbitrary arrest

Fadhel al-Manasef 

Fadhel al-Manasef 

Name:  Fadhel Mekki al-Manasef       

Marital status: 

Date of birth:  22/05/1986                                                  

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Hometown/region:  Qatif 

Date of arrest:   02/10/2011

Manner of arrest:  Arrested after he intervened with the police over the arrest of the fathers of two protesters in Al Awamiya, and taken next day to the Mabaheth (General Investigations Directorate) in Dammam

Charges:  Hooliganism; inciting public opinion; damage to public and state property; disobeying the country’s ruler; resisting arrest 

Court:  Specialised Criminal Court                   

Sentence:  15-year prison term, 15-year travel ban and a fine of 100,000 Saudi riyals              

Date of sentencing:  17/04/2014 

Where held:  The Mabaheth (General Investigations Directorate) prison in Dammam 

Violations:  Torture and ill-treatment, both physical and psychological; placed in solitary confinement; denied visits; denied access to a lawyer

Nadhir al-Majed

Nadhir al-Majed

Name: Nadhir al-Majed

Marital status:

Date of birth:

Profession: Writer and human rights activist

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Date of arrest: 13/04/2011

Manner of arrest:

Charges: slandering the ruler and breaking allegiance with him

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Sentence: Sentenced to seven years in prison

Date of sentencing: 18/01/2017

Where held:

Violations:  Arbitrary arrest

Abdulrahman al-Shumayri 

Abdulrahman al-Shumayri 

Name:  Abdul Rahman bin Abdullah al-Shumayri         

Marital status:  Married

Date of birth:  1950      

Profession:  Academic                                                     

Hometown/region:  Mecca 

Date of arrest:  20/02/2007

Manner of arrest:  In a raid on lawyer Issam Basrawi’s guest-house by the security forces, who arrested those present with excessive force and took them to prison

Charge:  Planning to start a political party; disobeying the ruler

Court:  Specialised Criminal Court      

Sentence:  15-year prison term and 15-year travel ban             

Date of sentencing:  22/11/2010

Where held:  Dhahban Central Prison, Jeddah

Violations:  Arbitrary arrest; placed in solitary confinement; denied visits and contact with his family for long periods; sentence based on charges relating to the peaceful exercise of his right to freedom of expression and association

Saud al-Hashimi  

Saud al-Hashimi  

Name:  Saud Mukhtar al-Hashimi           

Marital status:  Married

Date of birth:  1962 (56 years old)          

Profession:  Physician and academic               

Hometown/region:  Jeddah

Date of arrest:  02/02/2007

Manner of arrest:  In a raid on lawyer Issam Basrawi’s guest-house by the security forces, who arrested those present with excessive force and took them to prison

Charges:  Planning to start a political party; communicating with foreign entities; disobeying the ruler 

Court:  Specialised Criminal Court      

Sentence:  30-year prison term, 30-year travel ban and a fine of two million Saudi riyals 

Date of sentencing:  22/11/2010 

Where held:  Dhahban Central Prison, Jeddah

Violations:  Held without trial for three years; denied access to a lawyer; denied visits and contact with his family; torture to coerce confession, not investigated by the judge; non-independent judiciary; ill-treatment including solitary confinement and denial of medical care 

Musa al-Qarni 

Musa al-Qarni 

Name:  Musa bin Mohammed al-Qarni                                            

Marital status:  Married 

Date of birth:  1954                                                 

Profession:  Lawyer and academic                                                      

Hometown/region:  Medina 

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Manner of arrest:  On his way home from a funeral he was surrounded by security officers and arrested with excessive use of force

Charges:  Disobeying the ruler; planning to start a political party; communicating with foreign entities

Court:  Specialised Criminal Court  

Sentence:  20-year prison term and 20-year travel ban             

Date of sentencing:  20/11/2010

Where held:  Dhahban Central Prison

Violations:  Torture and arbitrary arrest; , humiliation and use of excessive force during arrest; denied visits; non-independent judiciary 

Mohammed Al-Sharif

Mohammed Al-Sharif

Personal Information

Name: Mohammed Musa Al-Sharif

Marital Status: Not Available

Date of Birth:Not Available

Profession: Pilot, University lecturer, Religious cleric and an Author

Location: Not Available

Arrest  Information:

Al-sharif was arrested in Oct 2017 part of crackdown against religious clerics

Where held:   Not Available 

Trial Information: Not Available

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Updates on Trial: Not Available

Verdict: Not Available

Violations : 

  • Arbitrary arrest/ detention

Issa Al-Nakhaifi

Issa Al-Nakhaifi

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    ِAli Al-Nimer

    ِAli Al-Nimer

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    Name: Ali Mohammed Al-Nimer

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