file_002In these early days of 2017, Cromwell Wilkes celebrates Mr Yahya Assiri, our longest standing asylum-seeking client.

Yahya is a Saudi national who has long campaigned for democracy and human rights, both in his home country and beyond. His former partner in such campaigning remains in a Saudi jail with little hope of release despite his imprisonment attracting international concern.

In February 2014, Yahya and his family lost everything when forced to seek international protection in the United Kingdom. The decision being unavoidable once the Saudi authorities became aware of his role in advocating political reform and promotion of human rights, including rights for women.

He has borne his hardship with great dignity and patience, always concerned more for the plight of others than for himself. He has used his time in the United Kingdom to offer his services to Amnesty International, and remains an active and passionate champion of human rights, access to and equality before the law, and the rights of all citizens across the world to choose, criticise or hail their governments. He opposes all forms of discrimination and applies his principled judgement to all who hold or seek power, without favour or exception, unbound by personal prejudice or misplaced ideological loyalties.  He advocates the virtue of ahimsa in rejecting violence as a legitimate harbinger of change.

Yahya Assiri wants for himself only that which he has long advocated for others: security, dignity, and freedom under the rule of law. A confirmed Anglophile (with touching civic pride in his adopted Birmingham), who is a committed internationalist and democrat, he displays an instinctive kindness to all those he encounters. Having an acute interest in the lives and ideas of others, he is ready to adapt his views in the face of reasoned debate or evidence; and quick to offer practical and ideological support to many causes beyond his own.

It is an honour to know and represent Yahya Assiri, a professional client who has become a friend. A humanitarian of courage and essential goodness. And a man who has waited almost three years to be confirmed as the refugee he surely is. The waiting goes on….and Yahya has our enduring support and best wishes in days yet to unfold…



  1. I salute and am impressed by Mr Yahya Assiri!
    To wean Saudi Arabia off oil and for 2030 vision to become a reality not one more mirage, AlSaud royal family must first wean itself of corruption and tyranny.
    For AlSaud Clan and Saudi leaders to avoid the tragic fate of Nicolae Ceaușescu, Saddam Hussein, Qaddafi, Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, Hosni Mubarak, Shah of Iran, and the violent ends of other tyrants and dictators, for peaceful transition, and for Saudi Arabia not to sadly fail and fall apart, AlSaud royal family and their Wahhabi clergy must truly embark on real reforms first by respecting human rights, releasing all the writers, poets, and human rights activists from the jails, confessing about all their crimes, and returning all the stolen funds and properties of Saudis to the Saudis and ask the Saudi people and all their victims from Lebanon, Syria and Iraq, to Egypt, Libya and Yemen and all around the world for forgiveness.
    AlSaud clan must implement emergent reforms.

    Instead, we saw and expect more royal orders blaming this and that, promising this and that, such as Vision 2030, and sacking ministers, directors and government officers, and offering even some princes and princesses as sacrificial lambs to appease and distract the disappointed and angry population.

    Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman — MBS — is more corrupt than his father King Salman. His real goal isn’t reform. MbS only aim is to become the King. However, it would be better for MBS and the entire AlSaud Royal Family to retire and seek refuge somewhere before it is too late.
    But unfortunately, they are like a mafia family and they don’t learn from history.

    AlSaud Clan should not hope and expect that Tony Blair, Cameron, Theresa Mary Mae and BAE, nor Nicolas Sarkozy, François Hollande, nor Harper, and Trudeau, nor the Bushes, Clintons, and Obama, nor BAE, General Dynamics, Boeing, and nor any of the weapons manufacturers and arm dealers to welcome and protect them or even shelter them for one night or feed them one single meal after the brewing Saudi revolution. Because immoral Superpowers are like Drug dealers, they never come to the rescue of their addicts and victims.

    To wean Saudi Arabia off oil and fanaticism, and to save Saudi Arabia, we must first wean AlSaud clan and Its Wahhabi Muslim clergy off corruption, slavery, tyranny, racism, sexism, and off financing and spreading Wahhabi Jihadi Islam.

    In addition, Saudi Arabia can’t become knowledge based society, and modern, enlightened, innovative nation because its constitution and all its systems, including political, social, health, economic & finance, education, and judicial, are built on The Koran and Sharia.

    Dr. Chaker Adra


  2. Most Saudis admire him and want to step to the bullies against the SA government but we wrorried from being put in jails and lose everything as the westerns sells for cheap oil.


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