Target: Prince Muhammad bin Nayef Al Saud, Saudi Arabian Minister of Interior
Goal: Stop the electronic tracking of women
Women in Saudi Arabia are not allowed to drive. They are not allowed to travel alone unless they have the express permission of a male guardian. The oppression of Saudi Arabian women has now gone a step further—they are being electronically monitored, tracked so they cannot move across borders without a man knowing. Under the new program, men receive alerts on their phones if a woman under their official custody leaves the country.
For decades the Saudi government has systematically been revoking and violating the human and civil rights of the nation’s women. Men have had to sign off when a woman leaves the nation for some time now, but it is only recently that the repressive monarchy has begun actually tracking the movements of women. This move has been condemned on social networking websites but that has not deterred the Saudi government.
Hopes were high when a moderate was named as the head of the country’s religious police, but progress has been slow and the electronic tracking of women is a step backwards. Already barred from moving freely, forced to wear all black in public, and held back from jobs, this tracking measure represents a new low.
These are human beings, not property; they should not be managed, traded, and tracked. Let the Saudi government know that it is time to move forward. This is a disgusting violation of human rights and it must be stopped.
Dear Prince Muhammad,
Saudi Arabia has made some recent strides forward in terms of human rights and the rights of women. Women will be allowed to vote for the first time ever in your next election. Female lawyers will be allowed to try cases in open court. However, despite this progress, your nation has taken the regrettable step of electronically tracking the movements of women.
It is time that the rights of Saudi women were respected. For years now Saudi Arabian women have not been able to leave the country without the permission of a man. Now a man is alerted any time a woman tries to cross the border. They must be allowed to move freely in your country—if they cannot than they are not truly free.
Humans track dogs and other animals. We track our cars when they are stolen. We are human beings, we respect each other; we do not track each other’s movements like a herd of cattle.
The women of Saudi Arabia are humans. All humans deserve respect. All humans have rights. Please honor theirs and cease tracking their movements.
[Your Name Here]
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