Saudi Arabia: Ten Egyptian citizens from the Nubian community face trial

09.11.21

Reports received by the Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) confirmed that 10 Egyptian citizens who are members of the Nubian community in Riyadh will face a trial on charges related to their basic human and civil rights.

On 10 November 2021, 10 Egyptian citizens will appear before the Specialised Criminal Court (SCC). They are:

  1. Adel Sayed Ibrahim Fakir, 65 years, current head of the Nubian community in Riyadh (photo above left), who is from the village of Ballana in southern Egypt. He is an accountant.
  2. Dr. Farajallah Ahmed Yousif, former head of the Nubian community in Riyadh (photo above right).
  3. Jamal Abdullah Masri, head of the Dahmit Nubian Village Association in Riyadh.
  4. Mohammed Fathallah Jumaa, 37 years, member of the Dahmit Nubian Village Association in Riyadh. He is an IT engineer.
  5. Hashim Shater, member of the Dahmit Nubian Village Association in Riyadh.
  6. Ali Jumaa Ali Bahr, 37 years, member of the Dahmit Nubian Village Association in Riyadh. 
  7. Saleh Jumaa Ahmed, member of the Dahmit Nubian Village Association in Riyadh.
  8. Abdulsalam Juma Ali, member of the Dahmit Nubian Village Association in Riyadh.
  9. Abdullah Jumaa Ali Bahr, 43 years, President of the Dahmit Nubian Village Association in Riyadh.
  10. Wael Ahmed Hassan, head of the Thomas Nubian Village Association in Riyadh.

On 14 and 15 July 2020, the General Directorate of Investigation (Al-Mabahith), which represents the secret police and is affiliated with the Presidency of State Security, re-arrested the ten Egyptian citizens in Riyadh. They had previously been arrested on 25 October 2019 prior to a public symposium they intended to organise.

On 25 October 2019, they were scheduled to hold a symposium on the anniversary of the 06 October 1973 war, but on the morning of the symposium, Al-Mabahith officers arrested Dr. Farajallah Ahmed Yousif and summoned his nine colleagues to the police station, where they were all interrogated and banned from travel. Only four of them were imprisoned and later freed on 25 December 2019.

They are kept in Asir Prison in the city of Abha, the administrative headquarters and capital of the Asir region. They are not allowed to have visits form their families or regular telephone calls with them.

For more information see: https://www.gc4hr.org/news/view/2760

Once again, GCHR condemns in the strongest terms the repeated ongoing detention and the trial of the ten Egyptian citizens, who have been imprisoned for more than a year, in violation of their right to peaceful assembly. GCHR demands their immediate and unconditional release.

The Saudi authorities should make every effort to protect the existence of minorities, their national or ethnic identity, and their cultural, religious and linguistic identity, and to create conditions that strengthen this identity and enable them to carry out their peaceful activities without any harassment or arbitrary measures.