Jailed Saudi Activist’s family slams Saudi officials

Jailed Saudi Activist’s family slams Saudi officials

Agency News

The women's rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul’s family has slammed Saudi official for offering freedom in exchange of a statement that she had not been tortured by Saudi government.

But it is learnt that the Loujain al-Hathloul rejected the offer from the Saudi officials, according to the family. Hathloul, one of Saudi Arabia's most prominent women's rights advocates, has been jailed for more than a year on various charges. But human rights groups deemed these allegations as baseless. She and other imprisoned activists have said they were tortured by Saudi authorities while in custody.

Loujain's brother, Walid al-Hathloul, said Saudi officials recently visited her in prison and asked her to sign on a document where she will appear on video to deny the torture and harassment by Saudi officials. "She immediately ripped the document," he added.

The development is the latest in a case that has drawn attention to the kingdom's poor human rights record nearly a year after the killing of Washington Post contributing columnist Jamal Khashoggi. Khashoggi's grisly killing inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul in October drew international condemnation and broad scrutiny of Saudi Arabia's human rights abuses.

Saudi Arabia continues to jail women's rights activists even as it moves toward relaxing restrictive laws.