JSC Calls for Drop of Prosecutions against Saudi Activist Loujain Al-Hathloul and for Investigation in torture case

2021-02-11 12:47


The Saudi women's rights activist, Loujain Al-Hathloul, was released on parole with suspended sentence after more than 1000 days of arrest on Wednesday, February 10th, 2021. Accordingly, the Journalist Support Committee in Geneva (JSC) restates its demands to the Saudi authorities to drop all legal prosecutions against her, as her sister Lina and her brother, Walid Al-Hathloul, revealed in a tweet that the charges have not yet been dropped, and that Loujain and her family are still on travel ban and "silence" demands, which threatens her by imprisonement again and constitutes a flagrant violation of human rights international conventions, foremost among which is The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, including the sacred right to freedom of speech and expression, freedom of publication, and the right to travel.
As the Committee calls for the release of all prisoners of conscience in Saudi prisons, it reiterates the need to pursue transparent investigations into the torture case raised by the activist Loujain Al-Hathloul during her detention, and to inflict fair punishments on the aggressors, avoiding any impunity.

JSC- Switzerland
February 11th, 2021