A prestigious French award for the detained Saudi activist Loujain Al-Hathloul...

On Friday (October 2), Saudi activist Loujain Al-Hathloul, who is detained in a Saudi prison, was awarded the French “Freedom Prize”, which is awarded by an international committee of 5,500 young people, and handed over to two members of her family.

Upon awarding the award, the veteran veteran of the indigenous American population who participated in the Norman landings, Charles Norman Shay, said, “To Jane (…) you are only 31 years old and have experienced brutality. You were imprisoned and tortured because you drove a car in your country, Saudi Arabia.” . “Thanks to your sacrifice, women are allowed to drive in Saudi Arabia, and this is a very important progress,” he added in a video.

The award, which was awarded by a committee of 5,500 young people between the ages of 15 and 25, hailing from 81 countries, was awarded to two sisters by Jane Al-Hathloul in front of a thousand people who applauded standing for a long time. The commission was chaired by journalist Emmanuel Davydenkov.

Disastrous detention conditions

For his part, Bertrand Digneau, vice president of the Normandy region that organizes the award within the framework of the International Peace Forum held Thursday and Friday in Caen (northern France), said that Loujain “is still imprisoned because she simply refuses to sign a paper saying that she was not subjected to abuse even though she was a victim that”.

While Alia Al-Hathloul, older sister to Jane, said, “This award is very important.” And she condemned the “undermining” of institutions since 2015 in her country, where “even judges feel fear”.

Alia criticized what he considered cosmetic reforms aimed only at improving the “image” of Riyadh among its Western allies, such as France and the United States. Her younger sister, Lina Al-Hathloul, explained that Loujain is “in prison in catastrophic conditions.”

The award was awarded Friday, exactly two years after the assassination of the Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi on October 2, 2018, in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, in the hands of Saudi operatives, who Riyadh said had acted without receiving orders from their superiors.

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