This woman got 34 years in prison for supporting women’s rights on Twitter

We can imagine a woman putting herself behind bars for 34 years for supporting women’s rights on Twitter, following activists and retweeting their tweets. Something similar has happened in Saudi Arabia. Salma al-Shehab, 34, has been sentenced to 34 years in prison by the Saudi government for following and retweeting people who criticized the government’s masochistic and anti-feminist policies on Twitter. Support human rights organizations.

Salma has studied Dental Medicine. She is currently a lecturer at Prince Norah University and is also pursuing her PhD at the University of Leeds, UK. Salma is married and the mother of two children.

She was arrested on January 15 last year, when she had returned home from vacation. Police arrested him 15 days before his return date to the UK.

Salma was tried in the Terrorist Court. He was accused of supporting anti-national ideology and people. With this they have tried to break the nation and create an atmosphere of unrest. Earlier, the Special Court had sentenced him to 3 years imprisonment, but later the high court, reviewing the decision, changed the 3 years imprisonment to 34 years imprisonment.

Human rights organizations and activists around the world, such as the Human Rights Foundation, The Freedom Initiative, the European Saudi Organization for Human Rights, oppose this decision by the Saudi government. Everyone has called for Salma’s immediate release. He says supporting human rights and women’s rights activists is not a crime. No government can put anyone in jail for following and retweeting.

Salma herself is not an activist or an activist. He has 2597 followers on Twitter and follows 159 people. Your Twitter account has been disabled at this time.

Salma was on Twitter supporting women’s rights activists who are calling for the repeal of the Saudi mail guardianship law. At the same time, he also opposed the arrest and punishment of Lujin al-Hathlol.

Who is Lujin Al Hathlol

Lujin is a Saudi women’s rights activist. Lujin is one of those women whose efforts and battles resulted in Saudi Arabia granting women driving licenses three years ago. Before that, it was forbidden for women to drive there. Lujin was arrested by Saudi police on December 1, 2014, when she was driving her own car to the border with Saudi Arabia from the United Arab Emirates. The government kept him in jail for 73 days. The only crime was that he was driving his own car.

In May 2018 she was arrested again for driving with a dozen other women and this time she was jailed for 32 months. This time he was tortured in prison. There were scourges on the stomach, back and soles. Electric discharge given. According to an Amnesty International report, when his parents visited him in prison, he had black and blue marks on both thighs. He couldn’t even stand properly.

At the time, human rights activists around the world were calling for Luzhin’s release. Salma was also one of those who was critical of the government. But I was just doing this job on social media. He has never officially been part of any human rights organization and has never participated in any movement in Saudi Arabia or outside the country. This is also clearly stated in the judgment of his case.

At the moment, all women are targeted by the Saudi government, which opposes the mail guardianship law.

What is the mail protection law

Many Islamic countries, such as Iran, Kuwait, Qatar, Egypt, Bahrain, and Saudi Arabia, still have mail guardianship laws. According to this law, no woman can live alone. You must have a male guardian. Father, husband, brother or any other male relative. Women cannot work, go to university, open bank accounts, travel, get driver’s licenses and buy property without the permission of a male guardian. In each of these forms, the signature of the male guardian is mandatory.

In December 2016, 14,000 women in Saudi Arabia signed a petition demanding the king abolish the male guardianship law. The law was not over, the government did arrest Lujin at King Fahd International Airport in Dammam on June 4, 2017.

As of today, Amnesty International does not even have official data on how many women’s rights activists are housed in Saudi prisons. The story of some people like Luzhin or Salma is made public, so they live in Europe, London, America.

Apart from them, how many women of this type there are in the country, who have been in Saudi prisons for years because they demanded rights, a certain freedom and a certain equality in the government, no one knows.

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