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Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission Briefing: Women’s Human Rights Defenders in Saudi Arabia

Remarks of Sarah Leah Whitson, Executive Director, Human Rights Watch Middle East and North Africa Division Thank you to the Lantos Commission for organizing this briefing on women’s human rights defenders in Saudi Arabia. It is now almost one year that the Saudi Arabian government detained approximately 15 women’s human rights defenders immediately prior to the lifting of the driving ban in June 2018. What should have been heralded as an important reform measure to address the legally prescribed subjugation and discrimination of women in Saudi Arabia – no doubt the most extreme in all of the Middle…

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