Samar Muhammad Badawi
About The Detainee
A Saudi activist in women's rights and one of the first to demand the right of Saudi women to vote in municipal councils and their right to lead and overthrow the guardianship laws. In 2012, Samar Badawi won the State Department's 2012 International Women of Courage Award for her filing of the adhl (making it hard or impossible for a person, especially a woman, to have what she wants, or what's rightfully hers) and voting rights lawsuits, which were seen by the Department of State as pioneering, and for her encouragement of and inspiration to other women.
Arrest And Human Rights Violations
Time Line For Arrest
She was arrested
US House of Representatives Member Jackie Speier stated: “It\'s been 2 years since Samar Badawi was arrested for having the courage to stand up for gender equality and human rights in a country determined to silence her. Saudi Arabia must immediately release and drop all charges against Samar and end its persecution of women’s rights defenders!”
A secret trial hearing before the Criminal Court in Riyadh was held
Her case was transferred to the Specialised Criminal Court following the statement of the Criminal Court that the case is outside its jurisdiction. The US State Department announced at the time that Samar’s file had been transferred to a Saudi terrorism court.