Jordanian journalist Abdelrahman Farhaneh detained in Saudi Arabia since February 2019

Jordanian journalist Abdelrahman Farhaneh detained in Saudi Arabia since February 2019

On February 22, 2019, Abdelrahman Farhaneh – a journalist for the Jordanian Al Sabeel newspaper as well as other Saudi newspapers – was arrested by members of the Saudi State Security Service at a checkpoint close to Dammam airport while on his way to Jeddah. He was enforcedly disappeared until June 15, 2019. He is currently detained in Dammam prison without charge.
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June 15, 2019: Farhaneh calls his family and informs them that he is being held in Dammam prison.
May 13, 2019: The UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances sends a copy of the communication to the Jordanian authorities.
May 10, 2019: The UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances sends a communication to the Saudi authorities requesting them to clarify Farhanenh’s fate and whereabouts.
April 25, 2019: MENA Rights Group requests intervention of the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances.
April 22, 2019: Family reports arrest to the Jordanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Jordanian Syndicate of Journalists, the latter of which Farhaneh is a member.
March 8, 2019: Family reports the arrest to the Saudi Public Prosecutor in Riyadh.
March 1, 2019: Family enquires about his whereabouts at the headquarters of State Security Service in Riyadh.
February 22, 2019: Arrested at a checkpoint close to Dammam airport.

On February 22, 2019, Abdulrahman Farhaneh was on his way to Dammam airport to travel to Jeddah when he was stopped at a checkpoint just before the airport controlled by the Saudi State Security Service.

Farhaneh was arrested and taken back to his home, where the officers searched his belongings for two hours, confiscating his mobile phone and laptop before taking him to an unknown location.

Witnesses of the arrest asked the State Security forces about the reason for his arrest, but they replied only by saying that he was "suspicious".

The State Security forces did not allow Farhaneh to take medicine with him which he needs to take on a daily basis for his high blood pressure, diabetes and cerebral ischemia.

After being disappeared for four months, during which he was held in solitary confinement, Farhaneh was allowed to make a phone call to his family and inform them that he was being detained in Dammam prison. Farhaneh has not been charged and remains detained without trial. Relatives state that Farhaneh has been subjected to psychological and physical ill-treatment and is suffering from poor health.