CATEGORIES OF PRISONER

Human Rights Activists

NUMBER OF CASES

44

Activists have faced arbitrary arrest, torture, solitary confinement, and the denial of basic rights such as the right to see their lawyer or family members.

Worse still, Abdullah al-Hamid, the former poet, professor and ACPRA member, died in prison in April 2020 following the denial of medical care. We detail 44 excluding journalists and women’s rights campaigners we discuss elsewhere

“Human rights activists in Saudi Arabia are an endangered species. One by one they are vanishing – prosecuted, jailed, intimidated into silence or forced into exile – highlighting the authorities’ zero-tolerance approach to freedom of expression.”

Lynn Maalouf, Director for Research at Amnesty International’s Beirut office.

Human Rights Activists​ In Saudi Arabia

Incredibly, since this statement was made, the situation has got worse for human rights activists in Saudi Arabia. Activists have faced arbitrary arrest, torture, solitary confinement, and the denial of basic rights such as the right to see their lawyer or family members.

Worse still, Abdullah al-Hamid, the former poet, professor and ACPRA member, died in prison in April 2020 following the denial of medical care. Activists arrested in the MBS era include several further ACPRA members, humanitarians, lawyers, students and bloggers. They have been arrested on the basis of their tweets, for attending rallies, membership of pro-democracy groups, criticising the regime or campaigning for reform.