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For Saudi Women, Freedom to Drive Masks New Crackdown

When Saudi Arabia announced in September that it would, at last, lift the ban on women driving on June 24, 2018, I thought I would be celebrating a milestone that took brave Saudi women’s rights activists nearly three decades to achieve. Instead, as Sunday approaches, I am deeply disturbed because many of the champions behind the reforms have been silenced, imprisoned or forced into exile. Since May 15, Saudi authorities have arrested more than a dozen prominent Saudi women activists and their male supporters, and imposed travel bans on others. Those arrested include some of the women who first…

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