Summary: Saudi women’s rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul awarded the 2021 Vaclav Havel Human Rights Award. Her sister Lina discusses her case, the impact on their family and women’s rights in the Kingdom.
Saudi Arabia’s lengthy litany of human rights abuses is being called to account and the kingdom needs to respond.
The shortlisting of a prominent Saudi women’s rights activist for a prestigious human rights award draws attention to the kingdom’s human rights record.
Saudi Arabia has worked hard to sell an image to the West that it is supportive of women’s rights but the detention, torture and trial of activists and efforts to manipulate UN Women tell another story.
Saudi Arabia was hoping that the G20 gathering would help to burnish a brand that has been severely tarnished.