Eminent female rights activist Lujain al-Hathlol, who has been allowed to allow women to drive in Saudi Arabia and remove the male guardianship law, has been sentenced to nearly six years in prison. 31-year-old Lujain al-Hathlol was arrested in the year 2018 along with a dozen other women rights activists.
Luzain al-Hathlol was sentenced on Monday under a law allegedly made against terrorism. This information was given in the news in the government media. Luzan al-Hathloul, who has voiced for women’s rights, has been in jail for the last two-and-a-half years, which has been criticized by many right-wing groups and European Union lawmakers, including American lawmakers.
Al-Hathlol was one of the few Saudi women who raised the demand to allow women to drive and remove the ‘male guardianship law’, which was an encroachment of women’s right to freely move.
According to government media, the anti-terrorism court found Al-Hathlol guilty on various charges, including agitation for change, running foreign agendas, using the Internet to damage public order, and more.
Apart from this, the court also convicted Al-Hathloul for cooperating with individuals and establishments who committed crimes under the Anti-Terrorism Act. The women’s rights activist has 30 days to challenge the verdict. Al-Hathlaul has been in jail since he was arrested, so two years and 10 months of his sentence have been forgiven.
Human rights experts of the United Nations have said that all the allegations made against them are completely false. Human rights activists and lawmakers from the US and Europe have demanded his immediate release.