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Saudi activist Loujain al-Hathloul released from prison

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“Loujain is at home !!!!!!” her sister Lina tweeted on Wednesday by posting a screen grab of al-Hathloul on a family zoom call. Loujain al-Hathloul is a prominent women’s rights activist who has been in a Saudi prison for almost three years. The Saudi activist’s release was celebrated by followers of this case all over the world.

 

Loujain Al-Hathloul was arrested in 2018 for seeking women’s right to drive. She campaigned for ending the ban on women driving in Saudi Arabia. When Al-Hathloul was handed a six-year jail term on ‘terrorism-related charges’, her story gained international attention.

Saudi activist Loujain al-Hathloul released from prison

In December, SheThePeople reported that Loujain al-Hathloul’s arrest prompted calls for her release, amid concerns of human rights violations. 31-year-old Al-Hathloul is a Nobel Prize nominee.

While Al-Hathloul has been accused of “terror” related activities and conspiring with foreign powers, several experts have claimed her sentence is a result of her gender rights campaigning in the Middle Eastern country. This case was considered one of the cases that put back efforts towards gender equality in a big way. You can read the others here.