Project Description

In prison since:
Status: In Prison

Samar Badawi

Samar Badawi

Personal information

Name: Samar Badawi
Gender: Female
Marital Status:
Date of birth / Age: 28 June 1981
Profession: Human rights activist , Women’s rights activist
Place of residence: Jeddah

Arrest and jail information

Date of Arrest:
Manner of arrest: Arrested in an armed police raid on her home in the early hours of the morning and taken to a detention centre of the State Security Presidency
Where held: Dhahban Central Prison, Jeddah

Trial information

Alleged crimes: Communicating with embassies and entities abroad hostile to Saudi Arabia; unlicensed human rights activism
Victim's Charges: Communicating with embassies and entities abroad hostile to Saudi Arabia; unlicensed human rights activism
Court: Criminal Court
Verdict: Arbitrary arrest; placed in solitary confinement; non-independent judiciary; tried on charges relating to the peaceful exercise of her right to freedom of expression and human rights work; torture and ill-treatment
Date of verdict:
Updates on trial: Samar Badawi was summoned to attend a session of her trial in the Riyadh Criminal Court in Riyadh on 18/07/2019. She was convicted of charges based on confessions to posting on social media and communicating with foreign entities. Judge Ibrahim Ali al-Luhaidan asked her to sign a document requesting a temporary release until the next hearing, without setting a date for this On 19 Feb 2020 women rights activists Naseema Alsada, Samar Badawi and Nouf Abdulaziz were called to for a secret trial session in the Criminal Court in which international observers denied from attending it. Due to International pressure the Saudi Authorities have moved the case women rights activists from the Speicilised Criminal Court ( which deals with terrorism cases ) to Criminal court.

Human Rights Violations

Violations: Arbitrary arrest/ detention , Torture and ill-treatment
Violation details: Subjected to brutal torture, sexual assault and placed in solitary confinement for prolonged period of time


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