In Saudi Arabia, two women who stood up for more women‘s rights in the country were released. According to human rights organizations, Samar Badawi and Nassima al-Sada are concerned. They were arrested in July 2018 and sentenced to five years of imprisonment, two of which are probable.
The women criticised Saudi laws that forbidden women to apply for and travel for their own passports. They also stood up for women’s right to drive their own cars. It was striking that they were arrested exactly at the time the women‘s driving ban was lifted.
Five years of not traveling abroad
The travel ban has also been lifted, but that does not apply to the prisoners released. As part of their parole, they are not allowed to travel abroad for five years. Also, according to human rights organizations, they have probably been banned from talking about their case in the media or social media.
Another prominent activist, Loujain al-Hathloul, had already been released in February. From a fourth woman picked up, Maya’a al-Zahrani is not known if she was released from prison as well. Some Saudi men who supported women in their struggle for greater rights are still stuck.