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Update: Saudi Arabia: Women’s rights activist Loujain Al-Hathloul has been released

2017-06-08

Reports received by the Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) confirmed that on 07 June 0217, women’s rights activist Loujain Al-Hathloul has been released without further charges. According to the information given to her on her release, a travel ban has not been imposed on her.

On 04 June 2017, Saudi security forces at King Fahd International Airport in Dammam arrested and detained Loujain Al-Hathloul upon her arrival from the United States to start a family visit with her husband. On 05 June 2017 she was transferred to the capital Riyadh on a 5:30 pm flight accompanied by some police officers to a detention centre, for investigation.  

It is believed that her arrest and detention are related to her peaceful activities in defending women’s rights, and in particular her involvement in the Women's Driving Campaign in Saudi Arabia.  

GCHR welcomes the release of Al-Hathloul but expresses concern about her arrest and detention and calls upon the authorities in Saudi Arabia to stop targeting Loujain Al-Hathloul and all human rights defenders in Saudi Arabia.

For more information about her case see: http://www.gc4hr.org/news/view/1616