Saudi Arabia: Immediately and unconditionally release the 10 Egyptian Nubian citizens

29.08.22

Ten Egyptian Nubian citizens are facing a difficult time as they await their sentencing hearing in Saudi Arabia, after being detained for over two years in violation of their right to peaceful assembly. The men have lived in exile for many years in Saudi Arabia.

On 31 August 2022, the Specialised Criminal Court will hold its last session to pronounce the verdict in the trial of ten Egyptian Nubian citizens. They are:

  1. Adel Sayed Ibrahim Fakir, 65 years, current head of the Nubian community in Riyadh, who is from the village of Ballana in southern Egypt. He is an accountant.
  2. Dr. Farajallah Ahmed Yousif, 64 years, former head of the Nubian community in Riyadh.
  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, 54 years, head of the Thomas Nubian Village Association in Riyadh.

The Nubian associations attempted to organise a public symposium in October 2019, but they were prevented from doing so and arrested and detained for two months. On 14 July 2020, the General Directorate of Investigation (Al-Mabahith) re-arrested the ten Egyptian citizens in Riyadh. The Egyptian government supported the actions of the Saudi authorities.

Their trial included five hearings, the first of which was held on 10 November 2021, while the fifth session was held on 14 June 2021, and lasted only a few minutes. The families of the ten detainees were surprised by the presence of a new judge who presided over the hearing. He decided only to set the date of the sentencing hearing, after which he called the business to a close quickly. Some detainees appeared very tired and in poor health. This confirms that they are not receiving necessary medical care for them in the Asir prison in the city of Abha, the administrative headquarters and the capital of the Asir region, where they are being held.

The allegations against them include the following: supporting a banned political group (the Muslim Brotherhood), spreading false and malicious rumours on social media, especially Facebook, and violating the law by establishing an unlicensed association.

The Nubian associations were established decades ago, and they do not have any political goals, as all their cultural and social activities aim at increasing knowledge among the members of the Nubian community and strengthening their bond with each other, especially while in exile from their mother country, Egypt.

For more information on their case, see: https://www.gc4hr.org/news/view/2980

The Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) condemns in the strongest terms the continued detention and trial of ten Egyptian citizens, who were imprisoned in Saudi Arabia for more than a year prior to their trial.

Recommendations

GCHR call on the Saudi government to:

Immediately and unconditionally release the ten Egyptian Nubian citizens and drop all trumped-up charges against them.

Act now!

Please circulate widely the news regarding the issue of the 10 innocent Egyptian Nubian citizens, and tweet about this urgent move to the UN Special Procedures to request their immediate intervention, as well as tagging the Saudi King.

Contact Information:

1. United Nations Special Rapporteurs:

@UN_SPExperts

2. King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud

@KingSalman