Arabie Saoudite : Libération de défenseures du droit des femmes
Saudi Arabia - Release of Prominent Women’s Rights Activist from Prison
Feb. 10, 2021 - BEIRUT — One of Saudi Arabia's most prominent women's rights advocates, Loujain al-Hathloul, was released from prison on Wednesday, her sister said. Hathloul had been in custody since May 2018, when she was arrested as part of a government crackdown targeting female activists.
Her release is one of the most notable steps Saudi Arabia has taken amid criticism of its human rights record by Biden administration officials.
President Biden had said during the election campaign that he would “reassess” the U.S. relationship with Saudi Arabia and ensure that “America does not check its values at the door,” marking a break with the Trump administration, which had largely refrained from criticizing the kingdom’s human rights record.
Hathloul is a well-known activist who campaigned for women’s right to drive and the abolition of Saudi Arabia’s restrictive guardianship laws. Her arrest and reports of torture while in custody raised an international outcry.
In December, a Saudi court sentenced Hathloul to five years and eight months in prison, convicting her on terrorism-related charges, her family said in a statement then. The court suspended a portion of her sentence and included time served.