Saudi Arabia to Jail the Activist Loujain Al-Hathloul for Five Years
The Specialized Criminal Court in Riyadh has sentenced the activist, Loujain Al-Hathloul, to 5 years and 8 months in prison; 2-year and 10 months of the punishment are suspended.
Al-Hathloul was convicted for incitement to change the ruling system, serve foreign agendas, use the Internet to harm national security, and cooperate with entities based on anti-terrorism crimes law.
The sentence against Al-Hathloul angered the Arab and international communities. Jack Sullivan, Biden’s choice for national security adviser said in a tweet: “Saudi Arabia’s sentencing of Loujain al-Hathloul for simply exercising her universal rights is unjust and troubling. As we have said, the Biden-Harris administration will stand up against human rights violations wherever they occur”
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has also condemned Al-Hathloul’s sentence and called for her early release.
Al-Hathloul was arrested in May 2018 and will remain behind the bars until March 2021.