When Speaking out Means You are Labeled a Foreign Agent and Terrorist.

Who will stand with Saudi Women?

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Women’s March Global along with the International Service for Human Rights (ISHR), the Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR), Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain (ADHRB), and CVICUS have published a joint press release regarding the launch of an advocacy campaign to highlight the widespread and systematic crackdown against dissent in Saudi Arabia.

The press release calls on Saudi Arabia to release all the detained activists who have expressed their right to “freedom of expression, association, and assembly” and demands the Saudi government to halt the nationwide crackdown on human rights activists and organisations.

“Journalists, bloggers, human rights defenders, and lawyers are facing arbitrary arrest, detention, smear campaigns labelling them as ‘foreign agents and terrorists’, and criminalisation for exercising their fundamental human rights”, said Danny Sriskandarajah, Secretary-General of CIVICUS, the global civil society alliance.

After the lifting of the driving ban was issued, dozens of women human rights defenders who have been campaigning against the ban and the male guardianship system were arrested. These women activists “face double the repression: they are not only targeted for speaking out against the State’s policies but also for defying patriarchy and demanding gender equality”, said Uma Mishra-Newbery, Director of Global Community for Women’s March Global.

It is imperative to hold Saudi Arabia accountable for their human rights abuses and violations. Today — the 5th of Nov is Saudi Arabia’s 3rd Universal Periodic Review (UPR) — Saudi authorities have an opportunity to prove to the global community their willingness to take a step in the right direction and amend their restrictive human rights laws.

It is now critical now more than ever “to hold Saudi Arabia accountable for years of widespread and systematic human rights violations committed with impunity including gender-based discrimination against Saudis as well as violations of international humanitarian law in Yemen”, said Khalid Ibrahim, executive director of the Gulf Center for Human Rights.

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