Personal information

  • Sex: Female
  • Marital status: Married
  • Date of birth: 10 January 1990
  • Area of activity: Human rights activist
  • Place of residence: Al-Qatif

Arrest and jail information

  • Prison: Al-Mabaheth (General Investigations Directorate), Dammam
  • Date of arrest: 06 December 2015

Trial information

  • Charges: Charges relating to her activism
  • Court: Specialised Criminal Court (SCC)
  • Verdict: Eight-year prison sentence.
  • Date of verdict: 10 February 2021


  • Arbitrary arrest/ detention

Violation details

Along with her husband, she was arrested after participating in and filming protests calling for an end of discrimination against Saudi Arabia’s Shi’a minority.


  • Mid-2022 - The Court of Appeal increases her sentence from eight to 13 years.  
  • 10 February 2021 - The SCC sentenced her to eight years' imprisonment on charges relating to her activism.
  • 31 January 2019 - The Saudi authority announced Israa will not be facing the death penalty following pressure from the international community and international human rights organisations. 
  • 13 January 2019 - The trial was postponed without a new date being set.
  • 06 August 2018 - At a trial before the Specialised Criminal Court (SCC), the Public Prosecutor called for the death penalty for her.
  • 06 December 2015 - She was arrested with her husband after participating in peaceful protests in Al-Qatif.

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