SHAFAQNA- Dozens of Western countries called Saudi Arabia to the release of women activists. Denmark’s Ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva, Morten Jespersen, read out a joint statement on behalf of 29 countries — including Australia, Britain and Canada — urging the kingdom to “release all political detainees” and voicing concern at the detention of “ women activists”.
Germany, speaking on behalf of the European Union at the United Nations Human Rights Council, decried Saudi Arabia’s “prolonged detentions of women rights defenders”, including Loujain Al-Hathloul.
At least a dozen prominent women’s rights activists were arrested in Saudi Arabia in 2018 . Several of the arrested women say they have suffered torture and sexual assault in detention, accusations which Saudi officials reject, Reuters reported.