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For her bravery, Nassima has been unjustly punished

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After years of campaigning, the ban on driving for women in Saudi Arabia has been lifted.

But the women who bravely fought for this right are now on trial and branded ‘traitors’. After international outcry, some have been released temporarily.

Email the Saudi embassy demanding that the women who remain in prison are returned home, and all charges dropped.

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For her bravery, Nassima has been unjustly punished

24 June 2018 was a historic moment for women’s rights in Saudi Arabia - women were granted the right to drive. They finally had more freedom in their own country.

But many of the women who stood up and fought for these freedoms are now behind bars in Saudi Arabia.

Not only are several of these women detained, but we have heard reports of torture and abuse.

"When a woman feels that she can't carry out basic tasks...without her male guardian, this restricts her humanity." - Nassima, Saudi activist

According to the testimonies, a total of ten human rights defenders were tortured, sexually abused, and subjected to other forms of ill-treatment during their first three months of detention, when they were held in an informal detention facility in an unknown location.

Following the arrest of these women, Saudi media ran a chilling smear campaign, sharing pictures of the activists with the word ‘traitor’ stamped in red across their faces. These peaceful women human rights defenders may now face up to 20 years in jail for their work on dismantling the decades-old driving ban.

Nassima al-Sada, Loujain al-Hathloul, Nouf Abdulaziz, Maya’a al-Zahrani and Samar Badawi are among a group of 13 women’s human rights activists who are on trial in Saudi Arabia.

Email the Saudi Embassy now demanding their immediate and unconditional release.