Saudi Feminists Still Jailed, Some Tortured
Update: January 13, 2019. Sister of jailed feminists in the New York Times asks, "My Sister Is in a Saudi Prison. Will Mike Pompeo Stay Silent?"
Back in June (2018) several feminists who had called for the right of Saudi women to drive along with some male supporters were arrested. They have not been freed. They’ve been accused in the regime media of being “traitors” and working with foreign powers though after 100 days none of them had been charged.
This may seem strange because Saudi women were given the right to drive this year. However, the Crown Prince does not want to make it seem that he was responding to pressure. The message he wants to send is that all ideas come from the monarchy alone. Hence the jailing.
Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch both issued statements on November 21 accusing the Saudi government of torturing some of those feminists arrests. In its press release Amnesty wrote, “According to three separate testimonies obtained by the organization, the activists were repeatedly tortured by electrocution and flogging, leaving some unable to walk or stand properly. In one reported instance, one of the activists was made to hang from the ceiling, and according to another testimony, one of the detained women was reportedly subjected to sexual harassment, by interrogators wearing face masks.”
Are U.S. or European feminist groups raising the issue of the vile treatment of their sisters in Saudi prisons? If you know about such groups taking action or educating on this subject let us know at: contactSaudiUS (at) gmail.com