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 Saudi women’s rights activists arrested weeks ahead of lifting driving ban

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Only weeks before lifting the ban on Saudi women drivers, at least 10 prominent Saudi activists, mostly women’s rights campaigners, were reportedly arrested on May 15 in Saudi Arabia …

Ten women’s rights activists have been detained since May 15 in Saudi Arabia, as the Human Rights Watch (HRW) alert. Among them activists, Loujain al-Hathloul, Aziza al-Yousef and Eman al-Nafjan, three people known for their fight against male guardianship and the ban on women driving, which after a royal decision in 2017, will end on June 24 next.

The reason for their arrest? It is not clear, answers the NGO which specifies that most of the women were warned in September against commenting on the lifting of the ban on female drivers. The Saudi authorities, for their part, broke their silence on May 19, explaining that ” they have tried to undermine the security and stability of the kingdom (…) and undermine national unity “.

An investigation is underway, said the spokesman of the Saudi security services quoted by the official SPA agency. He accuses them of communicating with “foreign entities”, working to recruit people in sensitive government positions and providing money to foreign circles with the aim of destabilizing and harming the kingdom.

Unexpected circumstances when the country wants to demonstrate change through its plan called “Vision 2030”. This program is a series of socio-economic reforms, set up by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, to grant women a more important role in the country.