Saudi women’s rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul is sentenced to nearly six years in jail

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Loujain al-Hathloul, a prominent women’s rights activist in Saudi Arabia who was at the forefront of the campaign to overturn the ban on women driving, has been sentenced under a counterterrorism law and given a five-year travel ban. She was detained in 2018.

United Nations human rights experts have called the charges against her spurious, and along with leading rights groups and lawmakers in the United States and Europe have called for her release.

The main charges against Hathloul, which carried up to a 20-year sentence, include: seeking to change the Saudi political system, calling for an end to male guardianship, attempting to apply for a UN job, attending digital privacy training, communicating with international rights groups and other Saudi activists.

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Loujain al-Hathloul

 

 

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