Ibrahim al-Modaymeegh

almodaymeeghIbrahim is a prominent Harvard-educated lawyer.  He did not attend his graduation in protest over Harvard’s position on Israel’s 1982 attack on Lebanon. He has a history of taking similar stands. He is one of the first signatories of the 1990 Civil Rights petition demanding a fully-elected parliament elected by. He was appointed to the governmental Human Rights Commission but soon resigned due to its glaring lack of government independence.

He defended al-Hathloul during her detention in 2015 for attempting to drive across the UAE-Saudi border. He has supported human rights defenders in court and offered legal representation to activists in the kingdom.

He’s also represented Waleed Abulkhair, a human rights lawyer now serving a 15-year sentence, who had represented Raif Badawi, a blogger who was publicly flogged in 2015 and is serving 10 years in prison.

Activists say al-Mudaimigh, who ran his own practice, was one of the few lawyers in Saudi Arabia willing to defend human rights activists since others have either fled or been detained.

Source: AP News, Saudiwoman