On 15 April 2014, 34 year-old prominent Saudi human rights defender Waleed Abu Al Khair, went to his 5th hearing session before the Special Criminal Court in Riyadh. At 8 am, he made a last phone call to his wife in Jeddah, informing her he had to turn off his cellular phone as he was entering the court room. She learnt the day after that he had been taken in the middle of his hearing to Al Hayer Prison. This is where he has been unlawfully detained and tortured ever since. After the ACPRA co-founders Qahtani, Al Hamid and another dozen human rights activists, Waleed is another example of the ongoing crackdown conducted by the Saudi authorities against human rights defenders in the kingdom who are being targeted for having only peacefully expressed their opinion and defended the most basic rights of their fellow citizens. Today, Alkarama solicited the urgent intervention of the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights defenders to ensure that Waleed is released immediately and put an end to any act of reprisal against him.