Nassima al-Sada is in prison for campaigning for civil and political rights in Saudi Arabia, including the right for women to drive and to end the repressive male guardianship laws.

Saudi authorities have detained Nassima without charge since July 2018 and they have kept her in solitary confinement since early February 2019.

Saudi Arabia lifted the ban on women driving in June 2018, but the women who spoke out for it are being punished.

Nassima is just one of many targeted in Saudi Arabia’s latest brutal crackdown on human rights defenders. Since May 2018, at least 15 people, including several women, have been imprisoned without charge.

Some have reported experiencing torture and sexual violence, and one activist has reportedly attempted to take her own life repeatedly.

Together, we can stand with Nassima, and all the brave women in Saudi Arabia, who are putting their freedom on the line to win a better life for their sisters, mothers, grandmothers, daughters, and friends.

Show Saudi Arabia that the world has not forgotten Nassima and all those detained and tortured without charge. Act now to demand her freedom.

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  Our Petition


His Majesty King Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud

Dear King Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud,

Nassima al-Sada is a woman human rights defender who has been arbitrarily detained since July 2018. According to trusted sources, Nassima al-Sada has been placed in solitary confinement since early February 2019 in al-Mabahith prison in Dammam.

Nassima has been campaigning for civil and political rights, the rights of the Shi’a community in the eastern province, and women’s rights, in particular, the right of women to drive and for the end of the repressive male guardianship system. Prior to her arrest, Nassima al-Sada had been repeatedly targeted, harassed, and placed under travel bans for her human rights activism.

I urge you to release Nassima al-Sada and all other activists, including all women detained without charge, immediately and unconditionally, as she is a prisoner of conscience, solely detained for peacefully exercising her right to freedom of expression, assembly and association.

Yours sincerely,


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