Project Description

In prison since : April 2019

Yazed Alfaifi

Journalist in the Saudi Al Sharq newspaper and writer on Saudi public affairs.

Personal information

Marital status: Married

Date of birth: Unknown

Profession: Journalist in the Saudi Al Sharq newspaper and writer on Saudi public affairs.

Place of residence: Riyadh

Arrest and jail information

Date of Arrest: 12/09/2017
Manner of arrest: Arrested from his home in Riyadh

  • He was arrested by forces affiliated with the Presidency of the State Security, at dawn on April 5, 2019, without being informed of the reasons for the arrest or the charges against him, and then taken to an unknown destination and subjected to enforced disappearance until the date of editing this form on April 9, 2019.
  • The incident of arresting the victim was one of the incidents of detention against writers and public figures interested in the legal and political affairs in the Kingdom, and supporters of the feminist movement, on the same day as the arrest of the victim, and the arrest campaign resulted in the arrest of 15 persons, including a pregnant woman and her husband.
  • – The victim has been summoned many times over the issues he is exposed to in his videos and is being investigated and subjected to security harassment and pressure to refrain from dealing with issues that anger the authorities.

Where held: Unknown

Trial information

Reasons for arrest:

  • In his episodes on his YouTube channel, he addressed the problems faced by residents of the provinces of Viva and Jizan, and his continuing call on the authorities to work to solve these problems.
  • His criticism of government performance in the border provinces, the last of which was in the first episode of a series of episodes he was scheduled to publish, under the title (External intelligence work supported by an internal agenda in the Jizan region, as hashtag (Viva governorate launched development or destruction).

Charges: Arrested without charges

Court: None

Updates on trial: On temporary release (unconfirmed)

Verdict: None

Date of the verdict: None


Arbitrary arrest/ detention

Violation details:

  1. Arbitrary detention and failure to notify the victim of the charges against him upon arrest in violation of Article 35 of the Criminal Procedure Code.
  2. Failure to announce for a period the location of the victim’s detention, nor to allow his lawyer to interview him, in violation of Article 35 of the Code of Criminal Procedure.
  3. Not to allow the presence of a lawyer during investigations in violation of articles 4 and 39 of the Law of Criminal Procedure.
  4. Failure to present the victim to the Public Prosecution on the legally specified date, in contravention of the law that obliged the seizure authorities to present the arrested person to the Public Prosecution within 24 hours from the time of arrest or detention.
  5. Failure to inform the victim and confront him with the charges against him in violation of Article 116 of the Law of Criminal Procedure.


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