Free Saudi Activists is a coalition of women human rights defenders and organisations advocating for the immediate and unconditional release of Saudi women’s human rights activists from prison.



28 DECEMBER 2020

Today, Saudi Arabia’s Specialised Criminal Court sentenced Saudi women’s human rights defender Loujain Al-Hathloul to 5 years and 8 months in prison. The sentence includes a suspension of 2 years and 10 months in addition to the time already served (since May 2018) which would see Loujain’s release in March 2021. Loujain is also required to serve three years of probation during which time she could be arrested for any perceived illegal activity. She will also be placed on a 5-year travel ban.

15 May 2020

The 15th of May 2020 marks two years since the beginning of a campaign of arrests of Saudi Women’s Human Rights Defenders. Since May 2018 the Free Saudi Activists Coalition has been advocating for the release of women human rights defenders  (WHRDs) who were arrested in Saudi Arabia. 

The Free Saudi Activists Coalition (Equality Now, Women’s March Global, International Service for Human Rights (ISHR), Americans for Democracy & Human Rights Bahrain (ADHRB), Gulf Centre for Human Rights GCHR and CIVICUS) ask you to join us in this campaign and call for the immediate and unconditional release of Saudi activists.

Read Our Advocacy Document Below:

MARCH 2020



Read Our Statement on Detention in MENA Amid COVID-19

JULY  2019

Over the past month the #FreeSaudiWomen Coalition has been following developments out of Saudi Arabia. We are planning side events for the upcoming Human Rights Council in September but in the meantime here are some of the news we’ve been keeping a track of:

Male Guardianship


Justice for Jamal Khashoggi



Saudi-led War in Yemen



Asking Pop Stars to Unite for Human Rights


JUNE 2019

June 24 | 1 Year Anniversary Since the Driving Ban was lifted in Saudi Arabia

June 26 | Women’s March Global has joined 40 global NGOs to present a letter to the UN Member States at the 41st Session of Human Rights Council (HRC) to stand up for human rights in Saudi Arabia and to adopt a resolution at the UN Human Rights Council to address ongoing human rights violations. The letter also calls on the HRC to immediately release the detained women human rights defenders and all individuals detained for exercising their fundamental freedoms. 

MAY 2019


1 Year Since Saudi Activists Have Been in Prison

APRIL 2019


April 17, 2019 | Loujain’s Trial to be held

April 17, 2019 | Court adjourns Loujain’s trial

April 23, 2019 | Saudi Arabia Executes 37 people

MARCH 2019


Women’s March Global has joined 50 other human rights group to compose a letter to 30 Ministers of Foreign Affairs of States calling on the UN Member States to adopt a resolution at the 40th session of UN Human Rights Council to explicitly call for the immediate release of Saudi Human Rights Defenders and to establish a monitoring mechanism over the human rights violations in the country

Recent reports suggest that those detained have not been given access to legal representation and have been subject to numerous forms of torture including electric shocks, sexual threats, sexual harassment, waterboarding, and flogging.

The intent of the letter is to bring awareness to this issue globally. And we hope the release of this letter in time for the 40th session of the Human Rights Council will remind world leaders that the time to act is NOW!

Read the letter in Arabic and English

March 12 | Saudi Activists to Face Trial Tomorrow