Abdullah al-Hamid

Abdullah al-Hamid

Abdullah al-Hamid

Abdullah Al-Hamid is a founding member of the NGO Saudi Civil and Political Rights Association (ACPRA). He was sentenced to 11 years in prison on 9 March 2013. He died in prison before completing his sentence

Personal information

Name: Abdullah al-Hamid

Name in Arabic: عبد الله الحامد

Date of Birth: 12.07.1950

Gender: Male

Marital status: Married

Profession: Academic , ACPRA member , Human rights activist

Place of residence: Riyadh

Arrest and jail information

Date of arrest:09 March 2013

Manner of arrest: Arrest ordered by the Specialised Criminal Court, Riyadh

Where held: Al-Ha’ir Prison, Riyadh

Trial information

Alleged crimes: Unknown

Victim's charges: Co-founding an unlicensed civic association (ACPRA); seeking to undermine government policies; providing false information about the Saudi government to UN-related bodies; inciting international organisations against Saudi Arabia; turning public opinion against the security services and senior officials; questioning the integrity of the court

Court: Specialised Criminal Court (SCC)

Verdict: 11-year prison term and 5-year travel ban

Date of verdict: 11-year prison term and 5-year travel ban

Updates on trial: Unknown

Previous arrests:

Human Rights Violations

Violations: Arbitrary arrest/ detention , Denied contact with family , Denied access to healthcare

Violation details: Abdullah Al-Hamid was denied proper health care during his stay in the prison. On the 24th of April 2020 Al-Hamid fainted in prison and remained on the floor for several hours before he was taken to the hospital. Later, it was announced that he died due to stroke.


Reference 1: https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/case/imprisoned-human-rights-defender-abdullah-al-hamid-critical-condition

Reference 2: https://menarights.org/en/caseprofile/acpra-co-founder-abdullah-al-hamid-arbitrarily-detained-march-2013

Reference 3: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abdullah_al-Hamid

Reference 4: https://www.trtworld.com/middle-east/jailed-human-rights-activists-start-hunger-strike-in-saudi-arabia-24270 https://english.alaraby.co.uk/english/news/2019/2/18/saudi-political-detainees-on-hunger-strike-against-inhumane-imprisonment


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