Demand Release of Saudi Activist Subjected to Horrific Torture

Target: Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Nayef Al Saud, Minister of the Interior, Saudi Arabia

Goal: Release selfless women’s rights activist unjustly imprisoned and allegedly tortured.

Loujain al-Hathloul, a Saudi women’s rights activist, has been sentenced to nearly six years in prison on seemingly trumped-up charges. Al-Hathloul was arrested in 2018 after successfully fighting for women’s right to drive and other freedoms, becoming a victim of Saudi Arabia’s oppressive ruling regime even as the country sought to reinvent itself with a highly public reform program. Along with a dozen other activists, al-Hathloul has spent two years in prison awaiting trial despite widespread international condemnation. In that time, she has allegedly been repeatedly subjected to physical and sexual torture and harassment, reportedly with the approval and knowledge of the country’s highest authorities.

There can be no meaningful change or progress in Saudi Arabia so long as fearless activists like al-Hathloul are brutalized and attacked. Sign the petition below to demand that she be released immediately.


Dear Prince Abdulaziz,

Despite the danger to themselves, selfless advocates of human rights and progress like Loujain al-Hathloul have chosen to speak out against the repression faced by women throughout Saudi Arabia. The very leaders who brought injustice in the kingdom into the international spotlight and encouraged the beginning of a sorely needed reform program remain under lock and key to this day, sentenced to cruel and senseless prison terms as well as indignity and torture.

In its eagerness to shut out voices of dissent, Saudi courts have twisted anti-terrorist laws to sentence al-Hathloul to further years of detention and torment. Unless the rights and achievements of activists like al-Hathloul and her fellows are recognized and respected, any reform will be meaningless. I demand that she be released immediately.


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