Saudi Arabia: Samar Badawi released after three years of arbitrary detention | Update

Samar Badawi

LRWC welcomes news on 27 June 2021 that women’s rights defender Samar Badawi has been released from prison in Saudi Arabia after being arbitrarily detained for nearly three years. She was released following the expiry of her sentence.

Since 2016, LRWC has conducted advocacy for her release since 2016, including a petition to the UN Special Procedures in September 2019 and nomination of Ms. Badawi for the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award in February 2020. LRWC continues to monitor the situation of human rights defenders in Saudi Arabia, including blogger Raif Badawi (brother of Samar Badawi) and lawyer Waleed Abu al-Khair.