WORLD | June 29 - Earlier this week, Professor Hatoon AlFassi was arrested, the most recent Saudi human rights activist to be arrested by the Saudi Government. On May 19th, 17 prominent Saudi activists were arrested by the Saudi government. Three of the activists arrested advocated for the removal of the driving ban, which was lifted on June 24, 2018. The government has charged these leaders for colluding with foreign entities, the punishment for which could involve death or imprisonment. With the addition of AlFassi, the arrests total 18 people.
In an effort to share the haunting tales of women who suffer in silence, Women’s March Global launched their Free Saudi Women Coalition (FSW) last month. The Coalition, with the help of 80+ Chapters worldwide, translates and shares the stories of Saudi women living in Saudi Arabia so that their voices can be heard. These arrests have served as further tools of repression and silencing of dissenters and activists in Saudi Arabia.
“The FSW Coalition was started by activists from all over the world uniting together for the shared goal of fighting for Saudi women’s rights — women who are oppressed by the strict male guardianship laws in the country.” says Executive Director of Women’s March Global Lara Stein. “The driving ban has been lifted for several days, yet the government still continues to arrest activists for speaking out against the oppression they face. We feel that it is our duty to come together as a global community.”
Women’s March Global is calling on the United Nations (UN) to hold Saudi Arabia accountable and free the activists arrested. There are now well over 200K supporters on the petition. Sign here to help free the leaders who fight for freedom for Saudi Women. You can also learn more about this issue by reading Lara Stein’s Op-Ed in Newsweek.
“We need your support more than ever to share our campaign calling on the United Nations to hold Saudi Arabia accountable and free these imprisoned activists,” shares Stein. “We are calling for the urgent release of all of those detained while pursuing their legitimate activities in the promotion and protection of women’s rights in Saudi Arabia.”
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