On May 14, 2021, as part of a campaign that included a number of young activists, Saudi authorities arrested activist Najwa Ahmed Al-Hmid after raiding her home, confiscating her books and electronic devices, and then placed her in Al-Tarifiyah prison.
Her arrest came due to tweets she shared under the hashtag of the unemployed and another hashtag discussing prisoners of conscience and human rights in Saudi Arabia. These are the charges that were leveled against her by the public prosecutor, in addition to accusations of dealing with suspicious entities and following opposition accounts on Twitter. In October 2022, Saudi authorities forced her to appear on the news channel, as part of the Saudi government’s efforts to polish the image of its prisons.
For its part, SANAD Organisation for Human Rights calls on the Saudi authorities to immediately release activist Najwa Al-Hmid unconditionally and to provide her with the necessary compensation.