- Sex: Female
- Marital status: Married
- Profession: Academic , Human rights activist
- Place of residence: Riyadh
She was one of the first to call for women to be allowed to drive, and has been notably active in defending women’s rights, workers’ rights and civil and political rights. She tried to set up a refuge for battered women and girls who are not accepted back from government social care institutions by their families, but the authorities turned down her application
Arrest and jail information
- Prison: Al-Ha’ir Prison, Riyadh
- Date of arrest: 15 May 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: Criminal Court
- Arbitrary arrest/ detention ,
- Denied contact with family ,
- Torture and ill-treatment
Violation detailsSubjected to brutal torture and placed in solitary confinement; denied visits and phone calls for months
18 July 2019 - Aziza al-Yousef was summoned to attend a hearing in the Riyadh Criminal Court.
27 June 2019 - The fourth court hearing was held.
3 April 2019 - The third court hearing was held.
28 March 2019 - She was temporarily released and has been under close surveillance. Her son Salah Al-Haidar was arrested few days later.
27 March 2019 - The second court hearing was held.
13 March 2019 - She was brought to trial before the Criminal Court in Riyadh.
15 May 2018 - She was arrested in a raid on her home by heavily armed security officers