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Alaa Al-Anazi


Alaa Al-Anazi is a 24-year-old Saudi human rights defender and medical student advocating for women’s rights in Saudi Arabia. She was involved in several campaigns to promote women’s rights, including a media campaign to raise awareness of the impunity of men in Saudi Arabia following incidents of domestic violence. The campaign was launched in response to the harrowing death of a recently married Saudi woman, identified as Khadija, who was regularly subjected to severe domestic abuse by her husband, sustained serious injuries and subsequently died of a heart attack on 21 March 2017.

Saudi Arabia

Human rights defenders, activists and individuals who criticise government policies or express dissent or diverging opinion to those of the authorities are subjected to harassment, surveillance, arbitrary detention, smear campaigns, prolonged and unfair trials. Family members of HRDs are also targeted and subjected to intimidation and harassment at the hands of the authorities.