The Quai d’Orsay demanded the “rapid release” of Loujain al-Hathloul, sentenced to five years and eight months in prison in Saudi Arabia. The human rights activist was sentenced for mobilizing to obtain the right to drive.
French diplomacy has called for the “rapid release” of Saudi human rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul, sentenced on December 28 to five years and eight months in prison under an “anti-terrorism” law.
“As we have already said publicly on numerous occasions, we wish the rapid release of Madame Loujain al-Hathloul”, declared a deputy spokesperson of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs before adding: “France recalls its constant mobilization in favor of human rights and equality between women and men ”.
The activist sentenced for mobilizing for the right to drive
A conviction that was castigated by Amnesty France on its Twitter page. The NGO pointed out “a conviction [qui] remains absurd, improbable, abject ”.
A few months too many! His condemnation remains absurd, improbable, abject. @LoujainHathloul has only defended the rights of women in Saudi Arabia.
– Amnesty France (@amnestyfrance) December 28, 2020
Loujain al-Hathloul was arrested in May 2018, along with other activists, shortly before the lifting of the ban on driving made to Saudi women, a reform for which these women had mobilized. The period spent in pre-trial detention is taken into account in the prison sentence, which makes Loujain al-Hathloul, arrested in May 2018, released in “two months”, explained his sister Lina on Twitter.
BREAKING: Today @LoujainHathloul was sentenced to
-5 years and 8 months in prison
– A suspension of 2 years and 10 months in addition to the time already served (since May 2018) which would see her release in approximately two months.
-5 years travel ban
– Lina Alhathloul لينا الهذلول (@LinaAlhathloul) December 28, 2020
Another source close to the family and the London-based opposition group ALQST assured her that she would be released by March.