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Aisha Al Shater

Human rights and political activist

Arrest: On November 1, 2018, Aisha was arrested from her home, accused of joining a banned group and receiving financing for terrorist purposes.

Violations: Arbitrary arrest

Case/cases info

  • Charges: Joining a banned group, receiving financing for terrorist purposes
  • On 1 November 2018, Aisha was arrested and forcibly disappeared for 20 days, during which she was severely beaten and subjected to electric shocks.
  • On November 21, 2018, the Public Prosecution interrogated Aisha in Case No. 1552 of 2018, Supreme State Security, and her detention continued for more than two years.
  • On August 23, 2021, the Supreme State Security Prosecution referred Aisha to trial before the Emergency State Security Criminal Court, pending case 1552 of 2018, State Security, and the prosecution charged her with the above-mentioned accusations.

Detention conditions

Aisha is being held in Al-Qanater Women’s Prison, in prolonged solitary confinement in a small, poorly ventilated cell, without a toilet, and is only allowed to leave twice a day – for less than 30 minutes – to use the bathroom. The prison administration also prevents Aisha from receiving family visits, communicating with her family and her lawyer in prison

Health conditions

Al-Shater suffers from aplastic anaemia, a rare and serious condition that affects the blood. Her health deteriorated rapidly, and during her imprisonment, she was exposed to health problems in the spinal cord. She needs specialized treatment, which is not available at Al-Qanater Prison Hospital. This is what she and her lawyer stated during her trial sessions

Main violations

Arbitrary arrest – Enforced disappearance – Torture – Solitary confinement – Poor detention conditions

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