Many of activists that successfully campaigned for women’s right to drive (#Women2Drive) have been arrested in Saudi Arabia, including Loujain al-Hathloul, Iman al-Nafjan and Aziza al-Yousef. This comes just weeks before the driving ban is due to be lifted, in what should be an historic moment for women’s rights in the country.
Despite these activists being instrumental in lifting the ban, the crown prince Mohammad Bin Salman is now claiming credit for it – showcasing it as one of his “visionary reformist policies’’.
Following their arrest, the Saudi media ran a smear campaign, sharing pictures of the activists with the word “traitor’’ stamped in red across their faces.
These peaceful women’s rights activists may face up to 20 years in jail for their work on women’s rights in Saudi Arabia.
There is still time to act – the activists have not yet been charged. Write to the Saudi Arabian embassy and call for the immediate release of the activists.