Hamid Soudad

Gender Identity: male

Perpetrator: Algeria

Faith: Christian – Protestant

Spouse or Dependents: Yes

Sentence Extended: No

Awaiting Sentence: No

Birth Date: March 29, 1978

Reports of Torture: No

Pre Trial Detention: No

Appeal: Rejected

Sentence: 5 Years Imprisonment

Date of Detainment: January/20/2021

Date of Conviction: January/21/2021

Date of Sentencing: January/21/2021

Current Status: Not Released

Religious Leader: no

Most Recent Type of Abuse: Imprisonment

Hamid Soudad

Extra Bio Info:

Hamid Soudad is an Algerian Christian imprisoned for blasphemy-related offenses.  

On January 20, 2021, Soudad was arrested for insulting Islam and the Prophet Mohamed reportedly in relation to a cartoon he shared on Facebook in 2018. 

The next day on January 21, a court in Arzew held an expedited trial and sentenced Soudad to the maximum five years in prison under Penal Code Article 144-2.  He was reportedly denied legal representation.

On March 22, 2021, the Oran City Appeals Court upheld his sentence. He is now waiting for the Supreme Court to take up his appeal.

On July 9, 2021, a group of bipartisan U.S. senators referenced Soudad’s case in a letter sent to U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken about deteriorating religious freedom conditions in Algeria.  

On August 13, 2021, several members of the International Religious Freedom Roundtable sent a letter to UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Opinion and Expression Irene Khan urging her to press for Soudad's release with Algerian authorities.