Rights Groups Say Jailed Saudi Women Activists Tortured, Sexually Assaulted

HeadlineMar 05, 2019

Saudi prosecutors have indicted a group of jailed women activists, who will now head to trial, 10 months after they were arrested last year as Saudi Arabia prepared to lift its ban on women drivers. More than a dozen women were detained for their activism and accused of undermining national security. Human rights groups have said the women faced sexual harassment, assault and torture while behind bars. Last month, a bipartisan resolution called on Saudi Arabia to “immediately and unconditionally” release the activists. This is Saudi women’s rights activist Omaima Al Najjar speaking at a U.N. panel Monday.

Omaima Al Najjar: “What we have seen—the imprisonment of women, back in May, until—they were tortured until August. They were put in solitary confinement up to three months. It’s just the tip of the iceberg of the human rights violations and the international treaties violation that has been committed by the Saudi government.”

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