Women activists detained in Saudi Arabia tortured: British lawmakers

Women activists detained in Saudi Arabia tortured: British lawmakers

Women activists detained in Saudi Arabia tortured: British lawmakers

The brother of Saudi women's right activist Loujain al-Hathloul - who defied the kingdom's ban on women driving before it was lifted a year ago - wrote an opinion piece last week for CNN, in which he said she is being regularly beaten, whipped and tortured in a "palace of terror".

The Detention Review Panel (DRP) - a cross party group of British parliamentarians and lawyers - said in a press release today that Saudi authorities at the highest levels could be responsible for the torture of the female detainees, who were arrested in the kingdom previous year.

A Detention Review Panel (DRP) of MPs said in a damning report that Saudi officials could be culpable for abuse at "the highest levels...meeting the threshold for the rime of torture under both Saudi and global law".

The panel's report said the female activists arrested last spring had been subjected to cruel and inhumane treatment, including sleep deprivation, assault, threats to life and solitary confinement.

It said the treatment is likely to amount to torture and if they are not provided with urgent access to medical assistance they are at risk of developing long-term health conditions, adding that the culpability rests not only with direct perpetrators but also those who are responsible for or acquiesce to it.

But the report said the panel had not had a response from either the embassy or the Saudi government. The Saudi women activist detainees have been treated so badly as to sustain an global investigation for torture.

'The Saudi authorities at the highest levels could, in principle, be responsible for the crime of torture, ' their final report said.

The panel's chair, Crispin Blunt MP, who previously said the United Kingdom is right to roll out red carpet for Saudi Arabia, said: "Our conclusions are stark". Denied proper access to medical care, legal advice or visits from their families, their solitary confinement and mistreatment are severe enough to meet the worldwide definition of torture.

The eight women, Loujain al-Hathloul, Aziza al‐Yousef, Eman al‐Nafjan, Nouf Abdelaziz, Mayaa al‐Zahrani, Samar Badawi, Nassima al‐Saada, and Hatoon al‐Fassi, were arrested as part of a sweeping crackdown on political activists conducted by Saudi authorities in May past year.

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Many of those arrested had been involved in the campaign to have the ban lifted.

The activists also reported severe torture methods such as waterboarding and electric shocks.

Last month the London-based Al-Qst Human Rights Organisation revealed shocking details of one woman's experience, detailing how she was deliberately filmed naked by her captors, who then used the images against her during her interrogation.

The new accusations fuel growing resentment among Western nations against bin Salman, which has been building since the killing of dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in October.

They said requests to visit the detainees in Saudi Arabia have gone unanswered.

'Saudi Arabia stands on the brink.

The report authors recommends a number of actions, including the release of the detainees, that their criminal charges be reviewed immediately and called for an immediate investigation and prosecution of those responsible for the mistreatment of detainees.

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