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  • Writer's pictureAbdulrahman Alkhiary


Suhail Yousef AlYahya was arrested in October 2019 after posting pictures of himself posing with his cat wearing swimming shorts on his Twitter account. Suheil was sentenced to three years in prison and tortured in the form of 800 lashes and has been in Thahban prison in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia ever since.

This was not the first time Suhail was in prison. He was incarcerated in February 2018 on charges of parental disobedience, a draconian Saudi law that allows parents to declare their children disobedient and hold them in contempt. Following his release in November 2018, he started his college education at California State University, Fullerton where he was a student until the Saudi government lured him back under the pretense that his mother was dying.

Suhail happens to be one of my clients. Since leaving Saudi Arabia and reaching political asylum in the US, I have worked in advocacy and international LGBTDQI+ human rights with American Civil Liberties Union, Jobs With Justice, Kansas City Anti-Violence Project, Missourians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, and Institute for Gulf Affairs​​. We advocate for our community’s rights to safety and freedom, two fundamental rights that many others are denied. In Suhail’s case, we have hit a roadblock because Saudi authorities have blocked access to him and other prisoners like him. We demand more.

That's why I have created this petition demanding the immediate release of Suhail. Know that your actions make a difference and every signature count! Join the movement and make a difference now

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