According to the account of “Prisoners of Conscience” (concerned with the cases of detainees in the Kingdom), “Lujain Al-Hathloul (detained for two years) is currently a candidate for the Nobel Peace Prize,” without details.
According to the award website, this year’s winners will be announced between 5 and 12 October.
It seemed clear that the Loujain case began to take on wider international ranges, and was gaining wide sympathy and attention from human rights and humanitarian organizations, as evidenced by the fact that on October 2, 2020, by the International Normandy Organization in France, the Freedom Prize was awarded to her two sisters, Alia and Lina, in the presence of A thousand people from 81 countries.
Upon handing the Freedom Prize to Jane, the veteran veteran of the Native American population who participated in the Normandy landings, Charles Norman Shay, said: “To Jane, you are only 31 years old and have experienced brutality. You’re imprisoned and tortured because you drove a car in your country, Saudi Arabia.”
According to Agence France-Presse, he added, “Shay” in a video: “Thanks to your sacrifice, women were allowed to drive in Saudi Arabia, and this is a very important progress.”
“She is still imprisoned because she simply refuses to sign a paper saying that she was not subjected to abuse, even though she was the victim,” said Bertrand Dinio, vice president of the “Normandy” region.
Alia Al-Hathloul, Jain’s older sister, said that this award is “very important” and condemned the “undermining” of institutions since 2015 in her country, where “even judges feel fear.”
Honorary Citizenship Award
The Freedom Prize was not the first award that Jeanne received while in prison, in June 2019 the municipality of Paris awarded her the honorary citizenship award; In recognition of her courage in raising the awareness of the citizen in the Kingdom.
Loujain’s sister, Alia Al-Hathloul, said in a tweet she posted on Twitter at the time: “For everyone who longs for Loujain, all they have to do is visit Paris, to see pictures of Jane around the city.”
Alia added, “The Paris municipality granted her honorary citizenship, in appreciation of her courage and efforts in raising awareness among the Saudi citizen.”
The official Paris website stated, “Loujain Al-Hathloul, who is currently detained in Saudi prisons due to the struggle for human rights, participated courageously against the (previously) ban on women driving and the male guardianship imposed on women and their protection, in addition to victims of domestic violence.” .
And the site added: “Al-Hathloul, a Saudi activist and one of the main human rights activists in the Kingdom, obtained the honorary citizenship of Paris on June 14, 2019.”
He stated that Al-Hathloul, who is still in detention, is a young ambassador to the United Nations Global Compact since 2017, and a winner of the “Between America” award for freedom of expression.
Loujain Al-Hathloul was born on July 31, 1989, and is a Saudi human rights activist in the field of women’s rights. She studied French literature at the University of British Columbia and was classified by Arabian Business as the third most powerful woman in the Arab world for the year 2015.
She was arrested in mid-May 2018 as part of a campaign of arrests that included activists and human rights activists, including Aziza Al-Youssef and Eman Al-Nafjan, on charges of “transcending religious and national constants and communicating with suspicious foreign parties,” but human rights organizations say that her arrest comes as part of a campaign against freedom of expression.
In the US Congress
Lujain Al-Hathloul’s name echoed in the US Congress, last June, when the head of the Congressional Intelligence Committee, Adam Schiff, demanded recent information about the situation of the Saudi activist inside Riyadh’s prisons, especially in light of the outbreak of the Corona pandemic.
In a message to the Saudi ambassador to Washington, Princess Rima Bint Bandar bin Sultan, Shaif said that Al-Hathloul has been detained without trial since May 2018, referring to information circulating about her torture, psychological and physical abuse, and threats of rape and murder.
Schiff indicated, according to Al-Jazeera news network, that Saudi Arabia’s “failure” to address such concerns will be a factor in decisions taken by Congress regarding Washington’s cooperation and support with the Kingdom.
Also in the US Congress, last February, 8 members nominated Jane for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize. “In recognition of her courage and efforts in the fight for women’s rights.”
The American representatives urged the concerned committee to carefully consider Al-Hathloul’s nomination. Because it “embodies the peaceful struggle for equality in Saudi Arabia.”
“Al-Hathloul has paved the way for reforms over the past two years, including ending the ban on women driving cars, reducing male guardianship over women, and domestic violence” in Saudi Arabia, the members of Congress said.
Since her arrest, Loujain Al-Hathloul has gained widespread international media attention. Among the most prominent, the American writer “Nicholas Kristof” urged the Nobel Peace Prize Committee to choose Al-Hathloul to win the prize, describing her as a champion of women’s issues and human rights, which led to her imprisonment and torture by the Saudi authorities.
And in April 2019, the American magazine, “Time”, chose Al-Hathloul as one of the 100 most influential people in the world.
The magazine confirmed that the Saudi authorities have imprisoned Al-Hathloul, along with other activists, repeatedly to silence them, “which reveals the intolerance of Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman with civil society.”
Also, it was a statement issued in September 2019 that a group of 15 independent experts said; They are the special rapporteurs and members of the United Nations working group on the issue of discrimination against women in law and practice, urging Saudi Arabia to release Al-Hathloul.
The experts said that Loujain, “who was detained for false national security reasons, was instrumental in the movement that allowed women to drive and push for the end of male guardianship laws.”
They indicated that Saudi Arabia has been widely praised by the international community; For its recent efforts to reform discriminatory legislation in these areas.
The experts stated: “It is shocking hypocrisy for Mrs. Al-Hathloul to remain in prison for campaigning to change the laws that have been amended since then.” “.
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