Saudi journalist remains disappeared since 2018

Saudi journalist remains disappeared since 2018

Saudi journalist and writer Turki bin Abdulaziz bin Saleh Al Jasser was arrested from his home in Riyadh on March 15, 2018. In January 2020 he made contact with his family. One month later, on February 20 2020, the Saudi authorities replied to the UN Working Group on Enforced Disappearances stating that Al Jasser was arrested in a case related to National Security and is detained in Al Ha'ir Detention Center in Riyadh. However, his whereabouts remain unknown.

At around 11 p.m. on March 15, 2018, Turki Al Jasser was arrested from his home in Riyadh by Mabahith officers dressed in civilian clothes. They confiscated his wallet and electronic devices, including his mobile phone and laptop, before forcing him to go with them to an unknown location.

It is believed that Al Jasser was disappeared by the Saudi authorities because he was suspected of administering the Twitter account Kashkool, which shared information on human rights violations committed the by Saudi authorities and members of the royal family. The Mabahith typically oversee “crimes” related to harming the reputation of the state and/or its rulers. 

In January 2020 Al Jasser was able to make contact with his family. On 20 February 2020, the Saudi authorities replied to the UN Working Group on Enforced Disappearances stating that Al Jasser was arrested in a case related to National Security and  is detained in Al Ha'ir Detention Center in Riyadh. His whereabouts remain unknown.

Timeline

February 20, 2020: Saudi authorities reply to the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances, stating that “Turki Al Jasser was arrested in a case related to National Security and is detained in Al Ha'ir Detention Center in Riyadh”.
January 2020: Al Jasser makes contact with his family.
February 14, 2019: MENA Rights Group requests the urgent intervention of the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances.
March 15, 2018: Al Jasser is arrested from his home in Riyadh.

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