Saudi women’s rights activist loses court appeal against sentence


A woman drives a car in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Despite activist Loujain al-Hathloul’s successful campaign to allow women to drive, she remains behind bars in what her family calls an abuse of power by the authorities. – EPA pic, March 11, 2021.

SAUDI activist Loujain al-Hathloul lost a court appeal against a prison sentence yesterday, as well as restrictions including a five-year travel ban, her family said, following her provisional release from prison.

Hathloul, 31, best known for campaigning against a decades-long Saudi ban on female drivers, was detained in May 2018 with about a dozen other female activists – just weeks before the ban was lifted.


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