Rights Group Urges Riyadh to Disclose Status of Imprisoned Saudi Activist

Rights Group Urges Riyadh to Disclose Status of Imprisoned Saudi Activist

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Saudi Arabia must immediately disclose the status of detained activist Loujain Al-Hathloul who has been unable to contact her family for three weeks, the Prisoners of Conscience rights group said.

The calls came after Al-Hathloul’s family said they remain unable to contact her.

“@LinaAlhathloul confirms that her sister @LoujainHathloul did not call the family for the third week in a row, and that visits are denied since March. She adds: “the first period she was held incommunicado was when she was being tortured,” the group wrote on Twitter, the Middle East Monitor reported.

“We demand the Saudi authorities immediately disclose Loujain Al-Hathloul’s situation and health condition by allowing her to communicate with her family, and to release her immediately without delay or preconditions,” the activists added.

“The continued denial of the activist’s right to communicate is legally unacceptable, and we should not forget that her arrest is also invalid, and the crime of torturing her brutally will not be overlooked,” the tweet continued.

On Sunday, Loujain’s sister Lina wrote on Twitter, “Loujain did not call this week. This is the 3rd week in a row. Visits are forbidden since mid-March. I’m worried. First period she was held incommunicado was when she was being tortured.”

It was not possible to obtain an immediate comment from the Saudi authorities on this complaint, but the Kingdom usually denies any failure to care for detainees in its prisons.

On May 15 2018, Saudi authorities arrested a number of prominent human rights activists, most notably Loujain Al-Hathloul, Samar Badawi, Nassima Al-Sadah, Nouf Abdulaziz and Mayya Al-Zahrani.

Reports at the time attributed the reasons for the arrest to their defense of women’s rights in the kingdom.

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