Two Women’s Rights Activists Arrested in Saudi Arabia : HRW Says

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Al-Thawra Newt

At least two more women’s rights activists were arrested by Saudi Arabia’s authorities in an “unrelenting crackdown” just days before the kingdom ends a decades-long ban on female motorists, Human Rights Watch said Wednesday.

“Saudi authorities have arrested two more women’s rights activists… in what appears to be an unrelenting crackdown on the women’s rights movement,” HRW added.
“Saudi activists have reported that the authorities have placed travel bans on numerous others since May 15.”

The government said earlier this month that it detained 17 people for “undermining” the kingdom’s security, without disclosing their names.

Rights groups have identified many of the detainees as campaigners for women’s right to drive and an end to the conservative Islamic kingdom’s male guardianship system.
“Saudi activists have reported that the authorities have placed travel bans on numerous others since May 15.”

The government said earlier this month that it detained 17 people for “undermining” the kingdom’s security, without disclosing their names.

Rights groups have identified many of the detainees as campaigners for women’s right to drive and an end to the conservative Islamic kingdom’s male guardianship system.

Saudi Arabia, the only country in the world where women are not allowed drive, is set to lift its decades-long ban on female drivers on June 24.

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