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Isa Hamd al-Nakhifi

Human rights activist / political activist

detainee

Date of Birth
1970
City Of Birth
Jazan
Gender
Male
Nationality
Saudi
Education
Bachelor’s in Law

About The Detainee

A lawyer, human rights activist, and blogger on social media. He is known for his role in uncovering cases of financial corruption in many government agencies in which he worked. He has defended many victims of violations by the authorities.

Arrest And Human Rights Violations

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Date Of Arrest:
2016-12-18
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City Of Internment:
Makkah
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Reason
- In 2009, he was keen to document the forced eviction of 12,000 citizens in Jazan, in the border region with Yemen, and the illegal confiscation of vast areas of land and real estate belonging to residents, and the sale of parts of the confiscated lands and embezzlement of funds intended to compensate those who were forcibly displaced from their lands. He was arrested and released after 14 months. - In 2012, he was arrested after appearing on a TV program where he accused the authorities in the Jazan region of corruption and violating human rights. He was arrested and sentenced to 3 years imprisonment. - In December 2016 he was arrested for a third time and remains in detention
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Method
In his last arrest, he was summoned to the Criminal Investigation Department in Makkah for investigation, and he has since not been released. After 3 months he was transferred to the General Prison in Makkah
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Practices And Violations
- Reports indicate he was tortured during detention and was held in solitary confinement for a long time - He was not permitted to appoint a lawyer
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The Human Dimension In His Detention
He made many demands to be transferred from Makkah Prison to Jazan Prison so that his elderly mother (82 years old) could visit him as she cannot travel to Makkah. All his requests were ignored.
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Prison
He made many demands to be transferred from Makkah Prison to Jazan Prison so that his elderly mother (82 years old) could visit him as she cannot travel to Makkah. All his requests were ignored.
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Trial and legal proceedings
In 2018 he was charged with insulting the state; inciting public opinion against the Kingdom’s rulers; insulting the authorities and challenging their political, security and judicial decisions; calling for the release of members of banned organisations such as the Saudi Civil and Political Rights Association (ACPRA); contacting members of the opposition. He was sentenced to 6 years imprisonment and 6 years travel ban by the Specialised Criminal Court.

Time Line For Arrest

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