Personal information

  • Sex: Female
  • Profession: Human rights activist , Women’s rights activist , Writer
  • Place of residence: Riyadh

Arrest and jail information

  • Prison: Al-Ha’ir Prison, Riyadh
  • Date of arrest: 06 June 2018
  • Manner of arrest: In a raid on her home by security forces

Trial information

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

Violations

  • Arbitrary arrest/ detention ,
  • Denied access to a lawyer ,
  • Torture and ill-treatment

Violation details

Placed in solitary confinement, suffered brutal torture by beating and use of electric shocks. She was also sexually molested.

Timeline

  • Early 2021 - She was conditionally released after more than two and a half years in prison.
  • 04 March 2020 - She attended a trial session but the public prosecution asked for the session to be postponed to collect more evidence. The judge agreed to further postpone the trial without giving any specific date.
  • 19 February 2020 - Women rights activists Abdulaziz, Naseema al-Sadah, and Samar Badawi were called for a secret trial session in the Criminal Court in which international observers denied from attending. 
  • 18 July 2019 - She was summoned to attend a hearing of her trial in the Riyadh Criminal Court 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.
  • 06 June 2018 - She was arrsted in a raid on her home by security forces.

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