Family of Saudi Arabia's 'most outspoken' political prisoner calls on G20 to hold kingdom to account
November 21, 2020 at 11:27
(CNN) The family of Loujain al-Hathloul, a jailed Saudi women's rights defender believed by her relatives and advocacy organizations to be on hunger strike, has called on the G20 to demand that Saudi Arabia release the prominent activist.
G20 leaders are meeting this weekend at a virtual summit hosted by Riyadh, which currently heads the club of rich nations.
"It's the duty of the international community to call on the release of Loujain."
Amnesty International urged world leaders not to "buy the spin: Saudi Arabia's real change makers are in jail."
"The idea that she and her friends were detained because they advocated women's driving is preposterous," said Jubeir.
And if every woman in Saudi Arabia who advocates for women driving were to be put in jail, half the women in Saudi Arabia would be in jail."
She had been protesting the suspension of communication after she learned that at least one other prisoner still had regular contact with her family, according to Lina.
Saudi activist Loujain al-Hathloul has been in Saudi prison since May 2018, charged with women's rights activism and contacting journalists.
"My parents told us that they've never seen Loujain as weak and as hopeless as she was on that visit.
A UN committee of independent experts earlier this month expressed alarm at reports of Hathloul's deteriorating health condition and criticized Saudi Arabia's apparent refusal to allow contact with her family.
She asked to stay in her cell, with an hour of social activities a day, according to her family.
In August 2019, Saudi authorities offered to release Hathloul on condition that she rescind her allegations of torture , her family said.