Saudi Arabia is clamping down on female rights activists across the country this week; arresting at least three more advocates for women’s civil rights as the nation prepares to lift it’s total ban on female drivers.
According to Reuters, that brings the total number of demonstrators jailed to ten women who actively campaigned to end the ban on female motorists, with the new guidelines becoming law next week.
“These actions are inconsistent with messages of reform on which Western support for Vision 2030 is based,” said a foreign diplomat, referencing the nation’s social reform agenda.
“Amnesty International is worried about reports of further arrests of individuals … and we call on the authorities to reveal the whereabouts of these individuals and reveal the charges against them,” said Amnesty’s Middle East Director.
“Of the 10 detainees, Amnesty has only publicly identified four women – Eman al-Nafjan, Loujain al-Hathloul, Aziza al-Yousef and Aisha al-Manea, and two men as Ibrahim Modeimigh and Mohammed al-Rabea,” writes Reuters.
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