Project Description

In prison since:
Status: In Prison

Loujain al-Hathloul

Loujain al-Hathloul

Personal information

Name: Loujain al-Hathloul
Gender: Female
Marital Status:
Date of birth / Age: 31 July 1989
Profession: Human rights activist , Women’s rights activist
Place of residence: Recently based in Abu Dhabi, UAE

Arrest and jail information

Date of Arrest:
Manner of arrest: In a late-night police raid on her house; she was snatched from her bedroom and taken to Al-Ha’ir prison in Riyadh
Where held: Al-Ha’ir Prison, Riyadh

Trial information

Alleged crimes: Communicating with foreign entities hostile to Saudi Arabia; recruiting government employees to gather confidential information; providing financial support to entities abroad hostile to Saudi Arabia
Victim's Charges: Communicating with foreign entities hostile to Saudi Arabia; recruiting government employees to gather confidential information; providing financial support to entities abroad hostile to Saudi Arabia
Court: Criminal Court
Verdict:
Date of verdict:
Updates on trial: On 30 January 2020, Loujain appeared before the Criminal Court in Riyadh (along with Mayaa al-Zahrani). The public prosecutor read the charges against her and she responded to all the charges. In Loujain’s next trial session on 12 February, the public prosecutor responded to her defence, repeating previous charges. The judge asked her to respond to the prosecutor in the next trial, scheduled for 11 March 2020 which was later postponed until 18 March 2020.

Human Rights Violations

Violations: Arbitrary arrest/ detention , Enforced disappearance , Denied contact with family , Denied access to a lawyer , Torture and ill-treatment , Observers denied access to court hearings
Violation details: Physically tortured (beaten, electrocuted, waterboarded and force-fed); sexually molested; threatened with rape and murder; placed in solitary confinement on and off for nearly a year and denied visits and contact with her family for the first month of her arrest In August 2019, the Saudi authorities offered Loujan a release on the condition of making a video of herself denying that she was tortured and sexually molested in August 2020, Loujain went on hunger strike for 6 days from 17 August until 23 August to protest against being denied visits and phone calls for nearly 3 months. The prison authorities responded to Loujain's demand and she was allowed family visits again on 31 of August.

References

Reference 1: https://alqst.org/prisonersofconscience/loujain-al-hathloul
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