Two Years Ago, Saudi Arabia’s Driving Ban Was Lifted. Yet Women Remain in Prison.

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Two years ago, the driving ban in Saudi Arabia was lifted for women. Yet Loujain alHathloul and other Saudi Activists still remain in prison.

For the past two years, the Free Saudi Activists Coalition has been working to advocate for the immediate and unconditional release of Saudi women human rights defenders and activists. 

As part of our advocacy efforts, the Coalition has worked with Lina alHathloul—the younger sister of Loujain alHathloul, currently imprisoned in Saudi Arabia—to attend and speak at the Human Rights Council in Geneva, and more recently the United Nations’ Commission for Status of Women (CSW) in New York City.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, CSW was drastically scaled down, leaving civil society organizations and activists with incredibly reduced opportunities for high-level advocacy. Nevertheless, Lina and coalition members spent two intense days in…

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