Naif Al-Hindas

Al-Hindas was arrested in the April 2019 wave of arrests and detained without charge. Mostly a freelance writer, Al-Hindas translated and wrote about philosophy, feminism, film, and other cultural… More

Bader Al-Ibrahim

A dual U.S.-Saudi citizen, Al-Ibrahim was part of a group of journalists and bloggers detained without charge in April 2019. A doctor and author of a book on Shiite… More

Sultan Al-Jumairi

Al-Jumairi was arrested in September 2018 in connection with activist comments on Twitter. It is unknown whether he has been formally charged or sentenced. More

Raif Badawi

Raif Badawi

Badawi was arrested in 2012 and sentenced to 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes for “insulting Islam” and “founding a liberal website,” Free Saudi Liberals. While detained, he… More

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Ashraf Fayadh

Fayadh, a poet and artist, was jailed on charges of apostasy for writing about humanistic themes in his poetry collection Instructions Within, which explores Fayadh’s experience as a Palestinian… More

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Jamal Khashoggi

After the exiled Saudi columnist's brutal murder in Istanbul in October 2018, journalists and advocacy groups mobilized worldwide to ensure that he would not be forgotten. However, the Saudi… More

Turad Al-Amri

Political commentator Al-Amri has been missing since November 2016 after tweeting out to protest a clampdown on Saudi media, which included blocking the online newspaper he worked for. Authorities… More

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Nouf Abdulaziz

Columnist and women’s rights activist Abdulaziz was arrested and detained in June 2018. While in detention, she was reportedly tortured and sexually harassed. In February 2021, after prolonged delays… More

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Waleed Abu Al-Khair

Al-Khair was the first activist prosecuted under a new Saudi Arabian law that introduced overly broad definitions of terrorism, such that it applies to speech. In June 2014, he… More

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Eman Al-Nafjan

Columnist Al-Nafjan was detained in May 2018 in relation to her women's rights advocacy. While in prison, she was reportedly sexually harassed and severly beaten. She was granted temporary… More