Woman Rights Defender Sentenced to 5 Years and 8 Months in Saudi Arabia

by christineanderso

Recognized as one of the country’s leading women’s rights defenders in Saudi Arabia, Luceyn El Hazlul was sentenced to 5 years and 8 months in prison by the court where he was taken. It is commented that the decision will increase the pressure on Saudi Arabia in the international arena and cause new sanctions.

Hazlul has been under arrest since 2018. The 31-year-old activist was detained, along with other women’s rights activists.

Hazlul was tried in Saudi Arabia on charges of trying to overthrow the order and harming national security.

United Nations human rights experts commented that the charges attributed to Hazlul were fabricated, and many organizations, institutions and parliamentarians in Europe and America also called for Hazlul’s release.

Amnesty International members protested in front of the Saudi Arabian Embassy in the USA to release Hazlul on International Women’s Day.

The last detentions against women’s rights defenders in Saudi Arabia took place shortly before and just after women were allowed to drive in the country.

Before Hazlul, Saudi-born American doctor Walid El Fitaihi was also sentenced to 6 years in prison, despite the international public and US calls for his release. Human rights advocates say that El Fitaihi also arrested for political reasons.

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