Defender of Human Rights.
Employee at SALAM for Democracy and Human Rights.
Ebtisam Al-Saegh is a Bahraini human rights defender working for the organisation SALAM for Democracy and Human Rights (SALAM DHR).
Since the 1990s, Al-Saegh has been widely involved in human rights activities in Bahrain. She was forced to leave her Bachelor’s degree due to imprisonment, but continued her studies in accounting and social planning for abused women of low-income status'. She has served in a number of social projects in health, social development, and human rights training. She has also been known for her work reporting and publicizing human rights violations in Bahrain and calling publicly for justice for victims of torture in Bahrain detention centers.
In May 2017, Al-Saegh was arrested due to her human rights activities, including a tweet on the ill-treatment of women by the National Security Agency of Bahrain. She was rearrested in July 2017 as she spoke up against the Bahraini authorities’ torture and sexual abuse during her detainment. Since she was released in October 2017, Al-Saegh has actively continued her activism despite the ongoing risks and threats.
Last modified: 01/09/2019