- Sex: Female
- Marital status: Single
- Date of birth: 28 June 1981
- Area of activity: Human rights activist , Women’s rights activist
- Place of residence: Jeddah
Badawi is known for her persistent work defending human rights. In 2011 she was among the first to bring a lawsuit demanding that women be allowed to vote and stand as candidates in municipal elections taking place later that year. She was involved in campaigns to end the ban on women driving, and she also worked to repudiate the male guardianship laws that allow adult women’s male relatives to restrict their freedom of movement and freedom to marry, among other things
Arrest and jail information
- Prison: Dhahban Central Prison, Jeddah
- Date of arrest: 30 July 2018
- 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: Criminal Court
- Verdict: 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
- Arbitrary arrest/ detention ,
- Torture and ill-treatment
Violation detailsSubjected to brutal torture, sexual assault and placed in solitary confinement for prolonged period of time
US State Department International Women of Courage award 2012; International Hrant Dink Award 2015
27 June 2021 - She was released following the expiry of the sentence against her.
19 February 2020 - Women rights activists Naseema Alsada, Samar Badawi and Nouf Abdulaziz were called to for a secret trial session in the Criminal Court in which international observers denied from attending it. Due to International pressure the Saudi authorities moved the case from the Specialised Criminal Court (which deals with terrorism cases ) to the Criminal Court.
18 July 2019 - She was summoned to attend a session of her trial in the Riyadh Criminal Court in Riyadh and 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.
30 July 2018 - She was 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.
2017 - She was again summoned for questioning.
2016 - She was arrested and briefly held in Dhahban Central Prison for interrogation.
2015 - She received an International Hrant Dink Award for being “a leading voice for advocating women’s rights and for raising international awareness about the oppression of human rights defenders in her country”
2012 - She received the International Women of Courage Award in 2012.
2010 - She was arrested on a charge of disobeying her father and was imprisoned for six months.
ALQST for Human Rights on Twitter: "Samar Badawi is a #WHRD known for her persistent work defending human rights in #SaudiArabia, including to end the ban on women driving and repudiate the male guardianship laws. She was released from prison in June 2021, but faces heavy restrictions. #IWHRDD https://t.co/X8UU1wvZ90" / Twitter