Yemeni journalist Marwan Al Muraisy arbitrarily detained in Saudi Arabia since June 2018

Yemeni journalist Marwan Al Muraisy arbitrarily detained in Saudi Arabia since June 2018

Al Muraisy was arrested from his home in Riyadh on June 1, 2018 by officers of the National Security Service dressed in civilian clothes, and taken to an undisclosed location. His fate and whereabouts remain unknown for nearly a year. He is currently held in Al-Hayer prison without charge.
Latest Updates
May 15, 2019: Al Muraisy communicates with his family by phone and informs them that he is being held in Al-Hayer prison.
April 5, 2019: The Saudi authorities respond to the Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances stating that “[t]here is no detainee with the name of Marwan Alaa Naji Al Mursay. However, a person named Marwan Ali Naji Morshi is under investigation on charges linked with terrorism and detained at the prison of Investigative Services in Jeddah.”
April 1, 2019: The Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression, the Working Groups on Arbitrary Detention and on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances send an urgent appeal (UA SAU 6/2019) to the Saudi authorities.
January 29, 2019: MENA Rights Group requests the intervention of UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression.
February 25, 2019: The UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances sends a copy of Al Muraisy’s case to the Yemeni authorities.
September 26, 2018: The UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances send a communication to the Saudi authorities requesting them to clarify Al Muraisy’s fate and whereabouts.
September 17, 2018: Al Muraisy’s case is submitted to the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances.
June 1, 2018: Arrested in Riyadh and forcibly disappeared.

On June 1, 2018, Al Muraisy returned to his home in Riyadh after taking his five-year-old sonto a specialised hospital to receive treatment. Upon his return, he was arrested by officers of the National Security Services dressed in civilian clothes, and forcibly taken to an unknown location. It is only about a year later, on May 15, 2019, that Al Muraisy was allowed to communicate with his family by phone and informed them that he was being held in Al-Hayer prison.

Despite never making any public statements onSaudi politics, there is reason to believe that Al Muraisy was arrested because he is viewed as an influential journalist, who has refused to publically show his commitment to the Saudi authoritiesby partaking in official campaigns or following orders onwhat to write. In addition, in June 2016, Al Muraisy appeared in a televised interview with well-known Islamic scholar Salman Al Odah, who remains in prison after being arrested in September 2017 for a tweet in which he called for mediation between the Qatari and Saudi authorities in the context of the Gulf diplomatic crisis.