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Saudi Women Senteced to Jail for Helping a Woman Against Domestic Violence


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On 15 June 2013, Saudi women’s rights activists, Wajeha Al-Huwaider and Fawzia Al-Oyouni, were convicted of the Islamic Sharia law offence of Takhbib, or incitement of a wife to defy the authority of her husband. They were convicted of “supporting a wife without her husband’s knowledge, thereby undermining the marriage,” for helping a Canadian woman and her children, who had allegedly been abused by the woman’s Saudi husband. The District Court in Al-Khobar sentenced the activists to 10 months in prison and banned them from leaving the country for two years following completion of their prison terms.

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