Yahya Assiri

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Yahya Assiri, (Arabic: يحيى عسيري‎), is a Saudi Arabian human rights activist and former member of the Saudi Air Force.

Early life and career[edit]

Assiri was born in 1980 in Asir Province, a region in south-west Saudi Arabia. He joined the Saudi Air Force when he was 18 and eventually became responsible for weapons purchases.[1] Assiri received his Masters degree in Human Rights and Political Communications from Kingston University and has a Bachelor’s degree in Administration.[2]

Political activism[edit]

Assiri started becoming involved in online political forums in 2004. He became involved in protests during a training period in London beginning in 2009. At the end of this period, he returned to Saudi Arabia but had difficulty finding work.[1]

Political asylum[edit]

In 2013, Assiri returned to London to study human rights at Kingston University. In 2014, he applied for political asylum. Assiri founded Al Qst, a human rights organisation, in April 2014.[1] However, as of October 2015, his request for political asylum has not been decided and he is concerned he may be forced to return home.[3] His asylum have been granted and he got a refugee status.


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