Project Description

Nadhir al-Majed

Name: Natheer al-Majed

Natheer al-Majed

Prisoner Status: In Prison

Primary Group: Journalist

Arrest Date: 13 April 2011

Personal information

Name: Natheer al-Majed

Name in Arabic: نذير الماجد

Date of Birth: Unknown

Gender: Male

Marital status: --

Profession: Writer and Human rights activist

Place of residence: Al-Qatif

Arrest and jail information

Date of arrest:13 April 2011

Manner of arrest: Arrested from the court after the judge read the verdict

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

Trial information

Alleged crimes: Nadhir al-Majid is serving a seven-year sentence in relation to an opinion article penned for an Arabic-language magazine defending protests in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province city of al-Qatif. He was detained in 2017 on the same day he was convicted.

Victim's charges: On January 18, 2017, a Riyadh court convicted al-Majid of "slandering the ruler and breaking allegiance with him," and "sending a group of electronic messages to a number of media outlets and satellite TV channels and human rights organizations," according to news reports.

Court: --

Verdict: Sentenced to seven years in prison

Date of verdict: Sentenced to seven years in prison

Updates on trial: The court sentenced the columnist to seven years in prison, a subsequent seven-year travel ban, and a fine of 100,000 Saudi riyals (US$26,662), according to news reports.

Previous arrests: The journalist had been imprisoned before. Security forces arrested al-Majid on April 13, 2011, at the school where he worked in Al-Khobar, according to news reports. Agents from Saudi Arabia’s General Investigations Department raided his house the same day, and confiscated his laptop and other belongings, according to reports. Authorities kept al-Majid in detention for the next 15 months, five of which he spent in solitary confinement, according to the news reports and the Arab Network for Human Rights Information, a Cairo-based human rights organization. On July 26, 2012, a court ordered his release, pending trial, according to news reports.

Human Rights Violations

Violations: Arbitrary arrest/ detention, Solitary confinement

Violation details: The Geneva Council for Rights and Liberties, a Gulf-focused human rights group, reported on August 16, 2019, that al-Majid’s health had deteriorated in prison due to the effects of physical and psychological abuse and solitary confinement.


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