Early life and career
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. Assiri received his Masters degree in Human Rights and Political Communications from Kingston University and has a Bachelor’s degree in Administration.
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.
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. However, as of October 2015[update], his request for political asylum has not been decided and he is concerned he may be forced to return home. His asylum have been granted and he got a refugee status.
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