Project Description

Fadhil al-Manasef

Name: Fadhil al-Manasef

Fadhil al-Manasef

Prisoner Status: In Prison

Primary Group: Human Rights Activist

Arrest Date: 02 October 2011

Personal information

Name: Fadhil al-Manasef

Name in Arabic: فاضل المناسف

Date of Birth: 22 May 1986

Gender: Male

Marital status: Unknown

Profession: Blogger , Human rights activist

Place of residence: Qatif

Arrest and jail information

Date of arrest:02 October 2011

Manner of arrest: arrested and detained by the Saudi police at a police check point between the towns of Al-Awamiyya and Al-Safawi in the eastern province of Saudi Arabia.

Where held: Dammam Al-Mabaheth (General Investigations Directorate)

Trial information

Alleged crimes: Unknown

Victim's charges: The conviction was based on charges including “attempting to compromise the authority of the King,“ “working against national security and stability," “provoking clashes and rifts between citizens,” “provoking sectarian conflict and calling for protests and marches.” The charges refer to articles written by the human rights defender and published online, which allegedly posed a threat to national security, as well as to refusing to provide the names of individuals who participated in marches. Fadel Al-Manasef was also found guilty of accompanying foreign journalists to protests and communicating with foreign media agencies.

Court: Specialised Criminal Court (SCC)

Verdict: The human rights defender was originally sentenced on 17 April 2014 to 15 years' imprisonment and a subsequent 15-year travel ban, as well as a fine of SAR100,000 (approx. €19,300). The Court slightly reduced the sentence to 14 years' imprisonment, to be followed by a 14 years travel ban, while maintaining the initial fine of SAR100,000.

Date of verdict: The human rights defender was originally sentenced on 17 April 2014 to 15 years' imprisonment and a subsequent 15-year travel ban, as well as a fine of SAR100,000 (approx. €19,300). The Court slightly reduced the sentence to 14 years' imprisonment, to be followed by a 14 years travel ban, while maintaining the initial fine of SAR100,000.

Updates on trial: Unknown

Previous arrests:

Human Rights Violations

Violations: Arbitrary arrest/ detention , Denied contact with family , Denied access to a lawyer , Torture and ill-treatment, placed in solitary confinement

Violation details: Torture and ill-treatment, both physical and psychological; placed in solitary confinement;

References

Reference 1: https://ar.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D9%81%D8%A7%D8%B6%D9%84_%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%85%D9%86%D8%A7%D8%B3%D9%81

Reference 2: https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/case/case-history-fadel-mekki-al-manasef

Reference 3: https://alqst.org/ar/prisonersofconscience/fadhel-al-manasef

Reference 4: None

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