Project Description

In prison since:
Status: In Prison

Mayaa al-Zahrani

Mayaa al-Zahrani

Personal information

Name: Mayaa al-Zahrani
Gender: Female
Marital Status:
Date of birth / Age:
Profession: Human rights activist , Women’s rights activist
Place of residence: Unknown

Arrest and jail information

Date of Arrest:
Manner of arrest: Hours after publishing article on her friend Nouf Abdelaziz
Where held: Al-Ha’ir Prison, Riyadh

Trial information

Alleged crimes:
Victim's Charges:
Court: Criminal Court
Date of verdict:
Updates on trial: She was called to attend hearing sessions on the following dates: 13/03/2019, 27/03/2019, 03/04/2019, 17/04/2019 On 30 January 2020, Mayaa appeared before the Criminal Court in Riyadh (along with Loujain al-Hathloul). The public prosecutor read the charges against her and she responded to all the charges. In Mayaa'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 but the trial was 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
Violation details: She was tortured and sexually molested and was placed in solitary confiement


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