Israa Al-Ghamgham

Israa Al-Ghamgham

Israa Al-Ghamgham

Personal information

Name: Israa Al-Ghamgham

Name in Arabic: إسراء الغمام

Date of Birth: 10 January 1990

Gender: Female

Marital status: Married

Profession: Human rights activist

Place of residence: Al-Qatif

Arrest and jail information

Date of arrest:1 January 2016

Manner of arrest: Al-Ghomgham and her husband Moussa al-Hashem were arrested in their home around 6–8 December 2015 and held since then in the Dammam al-Mabahith prison.

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

Trial information

Alleged crimes: Participating in protests and documenting the 2017–18 Qatif unrest in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia.

Victim's charges: According to Human Rights Watch, the charges include participating in protests, inciting protests, chanting slogans against the regime, attempting to inflame public opinion, filming protests, publishing on social media, using the photo of another woman on her Facebook page, and providing moral support to rioters. Human Rights Watch described the charges as "not resembl[ing] recognizable crimes".

Court: --

Verdict: Trial Ongoing

Date of verdict: Trial Ongoing

Updates on trial: The trial was postponed on 13 January 2019 without a new date being set. The Public Prosecutor had been calling for the death sentence. On 31 January 2019 the Saudi authority announced Israa will not be facing the death penalty but a long-term prison sentence.

Previous arrests:

Human Rights Violations

Violations: Arbitrary arrest/ detention

Violation details: Unknown


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