Nouf Abdulaziz

Personal information

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

Arrest and jail information

  • Date of arrest: 6 June 2018
  • Manner of arrest: In a raid on her home by security forces
  • Transfer / Release: In early 2021, she was conditionally released after more than two and a half years in prison.

Trial information

  • Charges: Communicating with foreign entities; recruiting state employees to gather confidential information; providing financial support to hostile entities abroad
  • Court: Criminal Court
  • Updates on trial: Nouf Abdulaziz was summoned to attend a hearing of her trial in the Riyadh Criminal Court on 18 July 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. On 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. On 4 March 2020, Nouf 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.
  • 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.

Additional information