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Wed Dec 5, 2018, 01:54 PM

The Saudi women detained for demanding basic human rights (yes, they are still in prison)

(are we at all surprised that the tangerine traitor and sexual predator in chief has no problem with Saudi Arabia???)

FUCK YOU MBS, you sexist, murdering thug.

The Saudi women detained for demanding basic human rights

Those jailed as part of a crackdown call for the right to drive and an end to the kingdom's male guardianship system.

Saudi Arabia continues to hold more than a dozen women rights activists in jail, months after a crackdown on dissent intensified in May. Most of them campaigned for the right to drive and an end to the kingdom's male guardianship system, which requires women to obtain the consent of a male relative for major decisions. In 1990, more than 40 women drove their cars in the capital Riyadh, the first public demonstration against the ban, which is now lifted. They also called for the abolishment of the male guardianship system.

Since then, other similar protests have been held, and the government initiated a crackdown on rights activists this year. Those under arrest have been branded threats to national security and have been accused of being foreign agents. They face up to 20 years in prison if convicted.
Human Rights Watch (HRW) said that the reason for the arrest is to silence the women and prevent others from participating in activism. Rights organisations and governments around the world have called on the Saudi authorities to release all political prisoners, but to no avail.

Last week, Amnesty International said Saudi activists, including women, who have been arrested in this year's crackdown have faced sexual harassment and torture during interrogation. The activists, held in Dhahban prison on the western Red Sea coast, faced repeated electrocution and flogging, leaving some of them unable to stand or walk, the Amnesty International said in a report, citing three separate testimonies. At least one activist was made to hang from the ceiling and another woman was sexually harassed by interrogators wearing face masks, the United Kingdom-based rights group added.

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