Abdulaziz Al-Shubaili was arrested on September 24, 2017, due to his human rights activism and his membership in the ‘Hesm’ organization. He advocated for the cases of ‘Hesm’ detainees and worked as their lawyer. He was previously arrested in 2014 and released in 2016, only to be re-arrested in 2017.
In January 2017, the Specialized Criminal Court sentenced Al-Shubaili to eight years in prison, a travel ban, and an eight-year prohibition from using social media, on charges of ‘inciting public disorder’, ‘insulting the judiciary’, and ‘participation in an unlicensed association’. In August 2017, the Specialized Criminal Court of Appeal in Riyadh upheld the sentence against him, and he was re-arrested.
SANAD Organisation for Human Rights demands the immediate and unconditional release of lawyer Abdulaziz Al-Shubaili by the Saudi authorities. It also calls for the release of all prisoners of conscience and an end to human rights violations in Saudi Arabia.