Saudi medical doctor, Lina Alsharif, forcibly disappeared in Riyadh since May 2021

Saudi medical doctor, Lina Alsharif, forcibly disappeared in Riyadh since May 2021

Lina Alsharif is a medical doctor based in Riyadh. In May 2021, officials from the Saudi Presidency of State Security raided Alsharif’s family home in Riyadh and arrested her before taking her to an unknown location. Her fate and whereabouts have remained unknown since.

In late May 2021, officials from the Saudi Presidency of State Security raided Alsharif’s family house in Riyadh, arrested Alsharif and then took her to an unknown location. Prior to her arrest, Alsharif had been active on social media, discussing Saudi politics and advocating for human rights issues in the kingdom.

To date, Alsharif’s fate and whereabouts have remained unknown. In Saudi Arabia, the practice of enforced disappearances is used systematically against those exercising their right to free speech and other fundamental and unalienable rights within the kingdom. In most circumstances, enforced disappearances lasts for extended periods of time, raising concerns for the fate of the victims. In May 2020, the UN WGEID sent a general allegation letter to the Saudi authorities. Enforced disappearances is described as “pervasive and deliberate”, and “embedded in the institutional and policy framework of Saudi Arabia.”

On July 9, 2021, MENA Rights Group sent an urgent action appeal to the UN WGEID, calling upon the Saudi authorities to disclose the location of Lina Alsharif and to reveal the conditions and reasons behind her arrest and detention, or at the very least to bring her under the protection of the law. MENA Rights Group, further calls upon the Saudi authorities to immediately and unconditionally release all those arbitrarily arrested for exercising their fundamental rights.

Timeline

July 9, 2021: MENA Rights Group requests the urgent intervention of the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances.
Late May, 2021: Alsharif is arrested from her family home in Riyadh and taken to an unknown location.

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