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TAKE ACTION: Saudi Arabia: Protect Don't Prosecute Women's Rights Activists

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Beverly Fjobhunting (86)
Sunday June 23, 2013, 2:19 am
On 15 June 2013, two women’s rights activists, Wajeha Al-Huwaider and Fawzia Al-Oyouni, were convicted of the Islamic Sharia law offence of Takhbib, or incitement of a wife to defy the authority of her husband. They were charged because of their support of a Canadian woman and her children, who had allegedly been abused by the woman’s Saudi husband. While absolved of the charge of trying to help the woman and her children escape, Wajeha Al-Huwaider and Fawzia Al-Oyouni were convicted of “supporting a wife without her husband’s knowledge, thereby undermining the marriage.” The District Court in Al-Khobar in Saudi Arabia sentenced them to 10 months in prison and banned them from leaving the country for two years following completion of their prison terms. Saudi activists have questioned whether the travel ban and the unwarranted prison terms are related to their long-term human rights work, which includes attempting to overturn the ban on women drivers, rather than to the alleged offense. Wajeha Al-Huwaider and Fawzia Al-Oyouni are appealing their sentences. They have 30 days from sentencing in which to do so.

Please join us in urgently calling on Saudi authorities to overturning the activists’ prison sentences and travel ban. Also, ask the Saudi authorities to:

•Immediately and unconditionally expunge all charges against them;
•Institute, in consultation with women’s rights defenders, concrete measures to protect women at risk of and subjected to domestic violence;
•End the male guardianship system to remove discrimination against women and girls, including in their access to justice, safety, education and employment, and the ability to make their own life choices; and
•Protect and promote the right of human rights defenders to peacefully advocate for human rights.

Giana Peranio-Paz (407)
Sunday June 23, 2013, 3:29 am
Noted and signed.

Judy C. (102)
Sunday June 23, 2013, 3:34 am
Signed. Thanks Beverly.

Past Member (0)
Sunday June 23, 2013, 4:20 am
Signed and noted. Thank you.

Kit B. (276)
Sunday June 23, 2013, 6:31 am

Thank you for calling on the government of Saudi Arabia to protect, not prosecute, women’s rights activists.

Ben Oscarsito (258)
Sunday June 23, 2013, 7:00 am
Done. I have to say though; -When it comes to women's rights in that freaking country I have NO hope whatsoever! (not in my lifetime anyway)

Ben Oscarsito (258)
Sunday June 23, 2013, 7:05 am
The Saudi guardianship system continues to treat women as minors. Under this discriminatory system, girls and women of all ages are forbidden from traveling, studying, or working without permission from their male guardians...
(Human Rights Watch)
-I say no more...

Mary T. (357)
Sunday June 23, 2013, 7:46 am
thank you Beverly - signed & noted

natasha salgado (715)
Sunday June 23, 2013, 8:38 am
Signed-thx Beverly

. (0)
Sunday June 23, 2013, 9:08 am
message sent

Kenneth V. (1500)
Sunday June 23, 2013, 1:25 pm
signed and noted thanks for sharing

Elizabeth O. (96)
Sunday June 23, 2013, 3:25 pm

Myriam Derome (1)
Sunday June 23, 2013, 9:30 pm
Signed and noted

Dana B. (141)
Sunday June 23, 2013, 9:31 pm
Signed, thank you

Simone Schwinn (0)
Sunday June 23, 2013, 10:12 pm
signed, prayers of understanding, peace and tolerance also offered

Caroline S. (81)
Sunday June 23, 2013, 11:36 pm
Signed of course /:-(

Stan B. (124)
Monday June 24, 2013, 12:45 am
It's hard to believe in this day and age. They were actually charged with " incitement of a wife to defy the authority of her husband." How evil can they get!!!!!!
We shouldn't have anything to do with regimes like the Saudis until they join the 21st century. I'm not holding my breath.
Signed of course.

Frances Darcy (225)
Monday June 24, 2013, 2:04 am

Aaron Bouchard (158)
Monday June 24, 2013, 7:37 am
Signed and noted thanks

. (0)
Monday June 24, 2013, 9:07 am
Signed and noted. Thanks for sharing, Beverly. Women are treated very poorly over there.

Birgit W. (159)
Monday June 24, 2013, 12:52 pm
Good luck with this one. Signed.

S S. (0)
Monday June 24, 2013, 12:52 pm
Thank you.

Lona Goudswaard (90)
Monday June 24, 2013, 1:00 pm
Signed and noted. There's so little we can do, I'm afraid.

Marija Mohoric (42)
Monday June 24, 2013, 1:00 pm
Poor women, tks

Natalie V. (27)
Monday June 24, 2013, 3:12 pm
noted / signed

valda p. (13)
Monday June 24, 2013, 3:41 pm
Couldn't sign -being Australian.-sending a petition might make this arrogant man king Abdullah aware that we don't approve of this law-but it will not change it -it's a man's world in Saudi Arabia .

Dori C. (17)
Monday June 24, 2013, 4:06 pm

Lois Jordan (63)
Monday June 24, 2013, 4:35 pm
Signed, sent & noted. Many thanks, Beverly!

Angeles Madrazo (301)
Monday June 24, 2013, 4:57 pm

Terre P. (0)
Monday June 24, 2013, 9:45 pm
Signed and noted, but with not much hope...

Inge Bjorkman (188)
Tuesday June 25, 2013, 1:04 am
Sent the message

Rhonda lawford (4)
Tuesday June 25, 2013, 7:51 am
thank you

Hugo L. (255)
Tuesday June 25, 2013, 2:32 pm
Noted & signed, thanks Beverly

Kathleen R. (138)
Wednesday June 26, 2013, 12:25 pm
signed & noted

Twyla Sparks (208)
Thursday June 27, 2013, 5:06 pm
noted and signed

Mari Garcia (51)
Friday June 28, 2013, 5:28 pm

Melania Padilla (197)
Tuesday July 2, 2013, 11:29 am
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