87801
Saudi Women Arrested in Crackdown on Activists
Saudi Women Arrested in Crackdown on Activists

Saudi Women Arrested in Crackdown on Activists

Saudi Women Arrested in Crackdown on Activists

Saudi authorities have arrested two more women’s rights activists in the last three days, according to a human rights group.
ALQST, a UK-based rights group focusing on Saudi Arabia, said Mayaa al-Zahrani was detained on Saturday for a social media post in support of Nouf Abdulaziz al-Jerawi, a fellow activist arrested on Wednesday when security forces raided her home, Al Jazeera reported.
Al-Zahrani had also posted an article written by al-Jerawi, where the latter clarified her role as volunteering to help the oppressed by putting them in contact with lawyers and human rights groups.
“Why am I considered an enemy of the state that threatens its security?” al-Jerawi wrote in a post that has been widely circulated.
ALQST described the detention of the two women as part of “the ongoing arrests of activists.”
“We believe the Saudi authorities are keen to suppress all activists, and all sympathy with them,” the rights group said.
The arrests were also reported by Prisoners of Conscience, a rights group that documents the arrests of Saudi nationals.
“It is quite clear that the Saudi authorities want to silence and put behind bars voices that speak against their opinion,” the group said on Twitter.
“It’s clear that they [Saudi authorities] fear the impact these voices may have on the community.”

  “On the Side of the Citizen”
Last month, the government announced that a number of activists were being held for having suspicious contacts with foreign entities, as well as offering financial support to “foreign enemies”.
Other suspects were being sought, the government said at the time, while state-linked media labeled those arrested as traitors and “agents of embassies”.
Eight of the 17 detained activists, including five women, were later temporarily released “until the completion of their procedural review”.
None of the activists have yet been officially charged, and remain incommunicado with no access to their families or lawyers.
Al-Jerawi, a journalist and TV producer, had expressed her support to the arrested women who had advocated for equal rights, the end of the male guardianship system and for the ban on women driving to be lifted.
Yahya Assiri, head of ALQST, told Al Jazeera that the activists were arrested because of their communication with international media and human rights organizations in order to “reveal the violations of the Saudi government” against its population.
“These activists are on the side of the citizen, not the authorities,” Assiri said.
“The Saudi government considers defending the rights of the oppressed as treachery, but being in touch with human rights organizations, with independent, transparent media outlets and with embassies and countries for the sake of bettering the interests of one’s own country and citizens—that is patriotism.”
The activists are considered by the Saudi government as traitors, Assiri, a former air force officer, continued.
“Who is the enemy of the Saudi authorities? It is the human rights organizations and media outlets that do not repeat the propaganda of Mohammed bin Salman,” he said, referring to the Saudi crown prince, also known as MBS, who has promised a series of social reforms for the kingdom, including the lifting of the driving ban on June 24.
Tyler Perry, a US specialist of human rights in the Persian Gulf, told Al Jazeera, said activists in Saudi Arabia were being targeted and arrested “solely because of their right of expression—and that is unacceptable”.
“Writing reports and contacting media is a human right and not a terrorist crime,” he added.

 

Short URL : https://goo.gl/mnBJnG
  1. https://goo.gl/UmsTKS
  • https://goo.gl/NxiCZK
  • https://goo.gl/bJQz4T
  • https://goo.gl/ab7C1X
  • https://goo.gl/GSo9sV

You can also read ...

New Bombshell Revives Debate About Trump Fitness for Office
US President Donald Trump faced a new challenge to his...
Japanese PM to Make Historic Visit to Darwin
Seventy-five years after his nation’s imperial forces bombed...
Abbas Meets Macron to Get Palestinian Stance Through to US
Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas met with French President...
China Fires Back at US Over Sanctions on Purchase of Russian Arms
China’s decision to buy fighter jets and missile systems from...
India’s Modi Faces Calls to Step Down on Graft Charges
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi faced calls for his...
Tanzania Ferry Disaster Death Toll Rises to 150
The death toll after a ferry capsized in Lake Victoria has...

Add new comment

Read our comment policy before posting your viewpoints

Trending

Googleplus