PEACEFUL ACTIVISTS FACE 20 YEARS IN JAIL
On August 1 two more prominent women human rights activists - Samar Badawi and Nassima al-Sada - were detained in Saudi Arabia. They have both been repeatedly targeted, harassed, and placed under travel bans for their human rights activism. The Canadian ambassador to Saudi Arabia was expelled after calling for their release.
The arrests of women human rights activists since May in Saudi Arabia is further proof of a crackdown that shows no sign of relenting.
Just weeks before Saudi Arabia is set to lift its ban on women drivers, many of the women human rights defenders who campaigned in support of the right of women to drive have been detained by authorities.
Loujain al-Hathloul, Iman al-Nafjan, and Aziza al-Yousef are three of the women human rights defenders who have been arrested, and all were instrumental in having the driving ban lifted. But now Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman is claiming credit for lifting the driving ban, and is showcasing it as one of his “visionary reformist policies.”
Following arrest of the women human rights defenders, Saudi media ran a smear campaign, sharing pictures of the activists with the word ‘’traitor’’ stamped in red across their faces. This is a common tactic used worldwide to try and discredit human rights defenders.
SMEARED AS TRAITORS
BY THE SAUDI MEDIA
These peaceful women’s rights activists may face up to 20 years in jail for their work on women’s rights in Saudi Arabia.
Amnesty International calls for an end to all forms of discrimination against women in Saudi Arabia, including the guardianship system, and the ban on women drivers.
Acting now is critical, because no charges have yet been laid against the women human rights defenders.
Write to the Ambassador of Saudi Arabia to Canada and call for the immediate and unconditional release of the women human rights defenders.
International community must speak up for human rights defenders after Canadian ambassador expelled - Press Release, Aug 6, 2018
Driving ban and the #Women2Drive campaign - Press Release, May 28
Learn more & act now to free #Women2Drive activists in Saudi Arabia - Blog, June 1, 2018
Human rights in Saudi Arabia - Amnesty 2017/18 Annual Report