Project Description

In prison since : 28/03/2019

Anas al-Mazroui

Academic and lecturer at the College of Law at King Saud University.

Al-Mazroui worked as a lecturer in the Faculty of Law and Political Science at King Saud University. In addition to his work as a lecturer he spoke to audiences about the repression practiced by the Saudi authorities on human rights activists saying: “We all want to know where Aziza Youssef and where is Iman Al-Nafjan, Lujain Al-Hathloul, Abdullah Al-Hamid and the rest of the brothers who contributed to renewing the culture of human rights?

A number of tweets were posted of a video showing the former speaker during a seminar at the Book Fair in Riyadh, calling him “the book fair champion” and praising his courage.

He praised the accomplishments of the Saudi Civil and Political Rights Association (HASM), which he publicly described as a “brilliant civil initiative” despite the arrest of two of the founding members, academics Muhammad Fahad Al-Qahtani and Abdullah Al-Hamid.

In his speech, Al-Mazroui stressed the contradiction of Saudi Arabia between talking about the empowerment of women and the position of women within the current laws in the Kingdom and stressing that there are still national systems that discriminate against them.

He also pointed out that the consent of the guardian for women indicates that there are systemic violations present in the system.

Alleged Violations:

  • The Saudi authorities seem to have had multiple reasons for his arrest.
  • In his intervention Mr. Al-Mazroui praised the accomplishments of the prisoners of conscience, foremost among them being the detainees of the “Hasm” Association and women human rights activists.

Personal information

Marital status: Married

Date of birth: Unknown

Profession: Academic and lecturer at the College of Law at King Saud University

Place of residence: Riyadh

Arrest and jail information

Date of Arrest: 28/03/2019
Manner of arrest:

  • Arrested by security officers after speaking at the Riyadh Book Fair about human rights.
  • Saudi activists confirmed that the Saudi security services arrested the academic, Anas Al-Mazroui a lecturer at the College of Law at King Saud University, after his intervention in a symposium on human rights at the Book Fair in Riyadh.
  • The account of “prisoners of conscience” on Twitter said that Saudi authorities arrested Anas Al-Mazroui hours after his intervention at the book fair on Monday March 18, during which he praised the achievements of the prisoners of conscience, especially “detainees” and human rights activists.
  • Mr. al-Mazroui was transferred upon his arrest to a private building in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, located on the Dammam road.
  • It is a building belonging to the Saudi State Security Agency, which is a small residential complex, which was secured with heavy guard.
  • Sources stated that Mr. Al-Mazroui is currently being held in the solitary confinement cell inside the building and subjected to the policy of beatings, humiliation and torture.
  • He was transferred to Al-Ha’ir prison, which is one of the largest prisons in Saudi Arabia located forty kilometres south of the capital Riyadh. It is the most heavily fortified prison in the country, subject to strict security supervision.

Where held: Al-Ha’ir prison

Trial information

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State Violations

  • Arbitrary arrest / detention
  • Enforced disappearance
  • Denied contact with family
  • Denied access to a lawyer


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