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The latest appearance of Al-Jain Al-Hathloul on her way to the court attracts attention A nation is tweeting out of tune


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A video clip circulating in Saudi Arabia documented the latest appearance of the recently released Saudi activist Loujain Al-Hathloul, as she was on her way to the court to attend a new session on her case.

Loujain Al-Hathloul appeared, according to the clip that Watan monitored, as she was walking on the street with papers and files in her hand, which seemed to relate to her case.

What was striking was the appearance of Loujain in the Saudi black cloak and veil over her head, in an unusual scene from her.

The video was also posted by Jane’s sister, Lina, who explained that her sister in the clip was on her way to attend an appeals hearing in the capital, Riyadh.

Meanwhile, Alia Al-Hathloul, Jane’s sister, said earlier today, Tuesday, that Loujain will enter the specialized court of appeals from the door of Al-Ahrar.

She added in a tweet on Twitter monitored by Watan: “Her demands to Jane are to object to the interpretation of the charges and the conviction based on them, as well as to request the lifting of the travel ban on her and all family members.”

Alia also demanded that her sister be restored and “compensated for the torture that occurred to her and the defamation of her reputation.”

The release of Lujain Al-Hathloul

It is noteworthy that the judicial authorities in Saudi Arabia had released Al-Hathloul on the tenth of last February.

On December 28, the Saudi judiciary issued a verdict, convicting the Saudi activist, to imprisonment for a term of 5 years and 8 months. Suspended for two years and 10 months.

Al-Hathloul, 31, has been detained by the authorities since May 15, 2018.

This came after her arrest with at least 12 activists defending women’s rights.

US President Joe Biden expressed his happiness during an interview after Loujain was released by the Saudi authorities.

He expressed his welcome to this Saudi move, which comes in the context of supporting public freedoms in the country.

The move to release Loujain by the Saudi crown prince came in conjunction with the Egyptian authorities’ release of the Qatari Al-Jazeera correspondent Mahmoud Hussein.

These steps, which observers considered as courtesy offerings from Saudi Arabia and Egypt, to the new American administration, which stipulated the provision of human rights and public freedoms as a basis for dealing with it.

The risk of returning to prison

The international human rights organization “Human Rights Watch” had warned of the re-arrest of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The two activists released by Loujain Al-Hathloul and Nouf Abdelaziz.

In a statement, the organization said that Loujain Al-Hathloul and Nouf Abdelaziz risk returning to prison if they speak out.

It also confirmed that many activists and human rights activists remain in arbitrary detention.

The organization stated that Al-Hathloul was released after 1001 days of detention in Saudi prisons, after a relentless campaign.

She stated that this campaign has been her family and human rights activists around the world since her arrest in May 2018.

Banned from traveling

The most important thing, according to the international human rights organization, is that its work is not over yet, as Al-Hathloul is still banned from traveling.

She said, “She was sentenced to three years in prison, almost suspended, on charges that define her work in the field of women’s rights.” And that they are crimes under the terrorism regulations in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

This means – according to Human Rights Watch – that the authorities can return her to prison at any time if they decide to speak or resume her activities.

The Saudi authorities arrested Al-Hathloul, 31, in May 2018, along with more than 12 other women’s rights activists.

Her arrest came in a crackdown launched by the Saudi authorities led by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

The first photo of the activist, Loujain Al-Hathloul

The Saudi activist, Loujain Al-Hathloul, published a new photo of her a week after her release from Saudi prisons.

And Jane published her first picture after her release from prison, and commented on it by saying: “I come back with a heart full of gratitude, but bruised by 1001 disappointments.”

The number 1001 that Loujain wrote is the number of days she has spent in Saudi prisons, since her arrest in 2018.

The Saudi authorities released Loujain Al-Hathloul on February 10.

At a press conference, the activist’s sisters, Alia and Lina Al-Hathloul, said that she has not yet won her freedom.

The two sisters said that their sister, Jane, is banned from traveling outside the kingdom for 5 years, and that she was released on parole. It will remain under surveillance for a period of 3 years.

Alia said she was “very happy” to see Jane “as strong as I got used to.”

Speaking about the release of her sister, Loujain, she added, “This is Loujain that I know and I am proud of her and her ability to keep her hopes high.”

As for Lina, she said that Loujain will continue to seek justice and prove that she was subjected to torture during her imprisonment.

Novels of torture

Human Rights Watch noted the accounts of torture that Loujain was subjected to while in detention with at least three other women, as confirmed by her family members.

Al-Hathloul was released in addition to the human rights activist Nouf Abdel Aziz.

In its statement, Human Rights Watch indicated that Abdel Aziz was arrested in May 2018 after expressing solidarity with activists amid the crackdown.

Her hair turned young and she looked older

A British newspaper mentioned the photo of the activist, Al-Hathloul, after her release from the prisons of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

The British newspaper The Times wrote: “In the photos published by the Al-Hathloul family, Jane appeared as part of her hair had grown old and her age appeared to be older.

She emphasized that these photos refer to what she suffered in prison, and what her family had previously mentioned about being subjected to torture and sexual harassment during detention.

Ilhan Omar attacks Saudi Arabia

The American Representative, Ilhan Omar, strongly attacked the Saudi authorities and called on them to stop their violations of the rights of their citizens and to release the detainees after Al-Hathloul was released.

Omar wrote a tweet expressing her happiness at the release of activist Loujain.

Ilhan posted a photo of Loujain Al-Hathloul, which was posted by her sister, “Lina”.

“This is great news … We have been pushing for this for a long time,” she commented.

Ilhan added, “Now Saudi Arabia must allow her to leave the country, and release the human rights activists who are still in prison.”

And she tweeted a second tweet that read: “Saudi Arabia must stop killing and dismembering dissidents, besieging, starving and slaughtering thousands of Yemeni civilians.”

Elhan also stressed the need for Saudi Arabia to stop fueling the climate crisis and discriminate against religious minorities.

The family of the detained Saudi activist, Loujain Al-Hathloul, announced her release from the kingdom’s prisons last Wednesday.

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