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Saudi Women’s Rights Activist Loujain al-Hathloul Released After 1,001 Days in Prison

HeadlineFeb 11, 2021

Saudi women’s rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul has been released after being locked up for nearly three years in a Saudi prison. Her sister posted a photo of her Wednesday with a caption reading: “Loujain Hathloul at home after 1001 days in prison.” Under the terms of her release, Loujain al-Hathloul is barred from leaving Saudi Arabia and prohibited from discussing her time in prison, where she was reportedly subjected to electric shocks, waterboarding, flogging and sexual assault. Loujain al-Hathloul was arrested in May 2018 after leading a movement to lift a ban on women drivers and to overhaul the male guardianship system in Saudi Arabia. She was released just days after the Biden administration called on Saudi Arabia to release “political prisoners such as women’s rights advocates from Saudi jails.”

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