Writers at Risk Database

Loujain Al-Hathloul

Al-Hathloul, an influential women's rights activist, has been detained since May 2018 alongside other women, and was subjected to ill-treatment and torture in prison. Hearings in her case have… More

Hatoon Al-Fassi

On June 27, 2018, Al-Fassi was detained as a part of a crackdown on women's rights defenders. While Al-Fassi was provisionally released on May 2, 2019, she awaits trial… More

Nadhir Al-Majid

Al-Majid was arrested and sentenced to 7 years in prison in January 2017 in connection with an opinion piece he wrote in 2011 supporting the right to protest and… More

Marwan Almuraisy

Almuraisy was arrested and forcibly disappeared in June 2018. Though he was a prominent figure on social media, his disappearance puzzled observers because he was not involved in political… More

Writers at Risk Database

Ali Al-Domaini

Pro-democracy activist Al-Domaini was arrested in March 2004 for criticizing Saudi Arabia's National Commission of Human Rights and planning to set up his own organization. In August 2005, he… More

Moqbel Al-Saqqar

A novelist noted for his support of women's rights, Al-Saqqar was arrested in the April 2019 crackdown on writers and journalists in Saudi Arabia. He is currently being held… More