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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.
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.
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22-year old student Gustavo was protesting against inequality in Chile when special forces fired metal and rubber bullets into his eyes.
Gustavo was blinded. To this day, the police responsible have not been held to account.
Will you email the Chilean authorities demanding a proper investigation?
When their university banned the Pride march on their campus, Melike & Özgür organised a Pride sit-in instead. But in response the university called the police who then used excessive force.
They arrested Melike and Özgür, along with other students, who are now on trial. If sentenced, they could face 3 years in prison.
Send an email to the Turkish authorities now calling for their acquittal.