Project Description

Waleed Abu al-Khair

Name: Waleed Abu al-Khair

Waleed Abu al-Khair

Prisoner Status: In Prison

Primary Group: Human Rights Activist

Arrest Date: 15 April 2014

Personal information

Name: Waleed Abu al-Khair

Name in Arabic: وليد أبو الخير

Date of Birth: 17 June 1979

Gender: Male

Marital status: Unknown

Profession: Human rights activist

Place of residence: Jeddah

Arrest and jail information

Date of arrest:15 April 2014

Manner of arrest: During the fifth session of his trial at the Specialised Criminal Court the judge ordered him arrested pending the outcome of the case; Abu al-Khair was placed in Al-Ha’ir Prison

Where held: Dhahban Central Prison, Jeddah

Trial information

Alleged crimes: Unknown

Victim's charges: Contempt of court; criticising the system of absolute monarchy and calling for a constitutional monarchy; inciting public opinion; communicating with foreign entities; using the media to smear the country’s reputation

Court: Specialised Criminal Court (SCC)

Verdict: 15-year prison term, 15-year travel ban and a fine of 200,000 Saudi riyals

Date of verdict: 15-year prison term, 15-year travel ban and a fine of 200,000 Saudi riyals

Updates on trial: Unknown

Previous arrests:

Human Rights Violations

Violations: Torture and ill-treatment

Violation details: On 29 November 2019, he started a hunger strike as an objection to ill treatment and removal from Dhabhan prison to high security prison on the 26 November, in which he was subjected to punishments by prolonged sun exposure, denied to basic furniture such as mattress, heater/air-conditioner and all his books were seized. After nearly two weeks Waleed ended his hunger strike. However, on 11 December 2019 he was placed in high security prison again and he went in hunger strike for the second time to protest against ill treatment. On 6 February 2020 Waleed ended his hunger strike after he was removed from high security prison and sent back to general prison.

References

Reference 1: https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/case/detention-waleed-abu-al-khair

Reference 2: https://menarights.org/en/caseprofile/saudi-lawyer-waleed-abu-al-khair-arbitrarily-detained-april-2014

Reference 3: https://alqst.org/prisonersofconscience/waleed-abu-al-khair

Reference 4: https://www.amnesty.org.uk/press-releases/saudi-arabia-prominent-lawyer-hunger-strike-over-prison-mistreatment https://english.alaraby.co.uk/english/news/2019/12/23/saudi-political-prisoners-launch-hunger-strike https://alqst.org/en/search?s=Hunger%20Strike

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