The World – Saudi Arabia
Alia Al-Hathloul reported that her sister, the detained Saudi activist, Loujain Al-Hathloul, announced a hunger strike since Monday evening, October 26.
Aliaa Al-Hathloul explained that her sister took this step “because the administration of Al-Ha’ir Prison denied her right to contact the family.”
Her sister said that since the arrest of Loujain, 31, with several human rights activists, since March, she has only been allowed limited contact with her family, including a visit on March 23, a phone call on April 19, and a visit on August 31.
It is noteworthy that Loujain Al-Hathloul was arrested with other activists by the Saudi security authorities in mid-May 2018, and they were charged with harming state security.
Simultaneously, the organizationChange ” Human Rights Watch campaign electronic signatures to demand King Salman to immediately release Loujain Al-Hathloul
The case sparked global criticism and caused anger in European capitals and the US Congress after the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul by Saudi agents in 2018..
Saudi Arabia has temporarily released some human rights activists who were arrested as part of a campaign targeting dissidents, while others are still being tried in closed court sessions..
Rights groups say at least three of the women, including Loujain, have been held in individual cells for months and have been subjected to abuse that includes electric shocks, flogging and sexual harassment.