Saudi women's rights activist Lujain Al-Hathlou released from prison

2021-02-11 | Since 10 Month

Lujain Al-Hathlou

RIYADH (Debriefer)--Saudi women's rights activist Lujain Al-Hathloul was released from prison on Wednesday after more than 2.5 years in custody.

Her detention has drawn broad international condemnation.

In December 2018, she was sentenced to six years in prison on charges which human rights experts said had been fabricated under loose counterterrorism laws, six months after her arrest.

Human rights organisations and her family accused the authorities of torturing her inside prison.

She had been also prevented from travel abroad.

US President Joe Biden said this month he was hoping that Saudi Arabia improves its human rights record and releases human rights and political activists from prisons.

Al-Hathloul was convicted of attempting to change the Saudi regime and harming national security.

She has been defending women's rights in her country, including her calls for ending the men's guardianship over the women.

Saudi Arabia's human rights record came under more international scrutiny after killing journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Turkey.

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