Amal al-Moallimi, Member of the Saudi governmental Human Rights Commission and the Saudi Ambassador to Norway since October 20, 2020 Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Al-Moallimi obtained a bachelor's degree in the English Language from Princess Noura Bint Abdulrahman University in Saudi Arabia.
She then studied abroad, gaining a postgraduate degree in Mass Communication and Media from the University of Denver in the United States and a fellowship from the Oxford Center for Islamic Studies in the UK. She was a general manager of international collaboration at Saudi Arabia's Human Rights Commission (HRC) when Loujain Alhathloul received a visit from the Commission while in prison.
According to the family of Loujain Alhathloul and their court memorandum, on or about November 26, 2018, a committee from the Human Rights Commission visited Alhathloul in prison to inquire about her allegations of torture, sexual harassment, electrocution, and mistreatment. The visiting committee included al-Moallimi, Wafa Alsaleh, and Samha Saeed Alghamdi.
According to her family and court records, Alhathloul told the three members of the Commission about incidents of torture, sexual harassment, electrocution, and threats of rape and mistreatment in prison. Alhtathoul asked them, "Will you be able to protect me?" According to her family, the commission members said they could not help her. There is no indication that al-Moallimi or her colleagues took any action regarding Alhathloul's complaint. Their annual reports mentioned having received complaints about torture and mistreatment but did not list any action taken. Indeed, months later, a representative of the Human Rights Commission spoke to the Saudi media outlet Okaz, denying reports of torture and mistreatment in Saudi prisons.
The refusal of al-Moallimi and her colleagues to investigate Alhathloul's complaint and take appropriate action violated their obligation, under the Saudi Statute governing the Commission, to "receive and verify complaints related to human rights and take legal measures pertaining to them." Indeed, in its 2019 annual report, the Commission wrote that its members "monitored the procedures and trial to make sure that individuals got their rights according to the law."
Despite what she knew about the horrors to which Alhalthloul was subjected in Saudi prisons, al-Moallimi made public appearances lauding the Saudi government's treatment of women. On October 14, 2019, a year after her visit to Alhathloul, al-Moallimi was a keynote speaker in the United Nations's Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia in Beirut, Lebanon. Al-Moallimi praised "women's empowerment" in Saudi Arabia, claiming that the Saudi authorities have been combating harassment.
DAWN contacted Amal Moallimi on October 30, 2020, to request a response, but no response was received by the time of publication.
See cases: Loujain Alhathloul