US News because of Twitter account: 34 years in prison for women in Saudi Arabia

18:30  17 august  2022
18:30  17 august  2022 Source:   rollingstone.de

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Because she had an account on Twitter, activists followed and shared their contributions, a woman in Saudi Arabia has been sentenced to 34 years in prison. Through their activities at the online service, Salma al-Schihab had "destabilized social and state security", the human rights organization GCHR quoted from the public prosecutor's allegations. It is the hardest punishment that was ever imposed in the country against an activist.

Wegen eines Twitter-Kontos wurde eine Frau in Saudi-Arabien zu 34 Jahren Haft verurteilt. © Matt Rourke/AP/dpa For a Twitter account, a woman in Saudi Arabia was sentenced to 34 years in prison.

The mother of two and doctoral student Al-Schihab actually lives in Great Britain. During a home visit to Saudi Arabia in January 2021, she was arrested a few days before her planned return trip. It belongs to the Shiite minority, which is discriminated against and persecuted in the Sunni country. First, it was sentenced to six years in prison before the sentence was then increased to 34 years in an appeal procedure. According to this prison sentence, a travel ban of another 34 years applies.

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fight against injustice

on her Twitter profile has Al-Schihab around 2500 followers. Among other things, she supported campaigns to end the male guardianship system in Saudi Arabia, as well as the women's rights activist Ludschain al-Hathlul. "I reject injustice and support the oppressed," she wrote in a tweet from 2019. At the end of 2020, she had asked for "freedom for the prisoners of the patriarchy". The judges also justified the hard punishment in the appeal judgment with the fight against terrorism.

The human rights organization Esohr based in Berlin and London spoke of an "unprecedented and dangerous" judgment and a possible step of further escalation against activists in the country. These have been arbitrarily convicted in recent years and heavily tortured in some cases.

GCHR described the judgment as a "message of the threats and intimidation of Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman", the factual ruler of the kingdom, to "all Internet activists". This is the "fate of all those who use social networks".

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