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Well-known women’s rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul was released from a Saudi prison on Wednesday after almost three years in prison, her sister said in a Twitter post.
BREAKING: Saudi women’s rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul has been released, says her sister.
She was held for 1,000+ days after campaigning for the right to drive, and charged for terror-related offenses. Rights groups say she was tortured and abused in custody. pic.twitter.com/jUxli1ovXg
— AJ+ (@ajplus) February 10, 2021
“Loujain is at home !!!!!!” Her sister Lina tweeted and posted a close-up photo of Hathloul’s face.
Al-Hathloul was arrested in 2018 and sentenced by a court in December to nearly six years in prison on terrorist charges, which has led to an international conviction.
Local media reported that she had been convicted of charges of agitation for change, following a foreign program, and using the Internet to undermine public order.
The court suspended her sentence of two years and ten months, and she was due to be released in March.
His release comes weeks after the reign of President Joe Biden in the United States, an ally of the Kingdom. Earlier this month, the White House said Biden expected Saudi Arabia to improve its human rights record, including the release of women’s rights activists and other political prisoners.
The Saudi authorities last week released two American activists on bail.
Al-Hathloul’s sister, Alia, said in a series of tweets on Tuesday that the activist must be released from prison by order of a judge but remain on probation and no longer be allowed to travel outside of prison. Saudi Arabia.
Al-Hathloul’s arrest in 2018 – along with at least a dozen other women’s rights activists in an anti-dissent crackdown under the leadership of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) – came just weeks before the historic eruption of a decade. the ban on female drivers, a reform that al-Hathloul had long advocated.
The case has been heavily criticized by rights groups, members of the US Congress and politicians in the European Union.
The detention of women activists also sheds new light on the human rights record of the kingdom, an absolute monarchy that has also been heavily criticized for the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Istanbul consulate in 2018.
Activism and imprisonment
Al-Hathloul was first arrested in 2014 while trying to cross the border from the United Arab Emirates – where she had a valid driver’s license – into Saudi Arabia. She spent 73 days in a women’s prison, an experience she believes shaped her campaign against the kingdom’s male guardianship system.
In 2016, a year after she was one of the first women to run for local elections in Saudi Arabia, she was among 14,000 to sign a petition to King Salman calling for an end to the trust system.
In March 2018, al-Hathloul was arrested again in the United Arab Emirates, where she was studying, and taken to Riyadh, where, according to legal groups, she was placed under house arrest before being sent to prison in May. She was among at least a dozen other women’s rights activists arrested and the Saudi media called her traitors.