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A sign for the West : Activists in Saudi Arabia for the time being, free

Aziza al-Yousef was beaming into the camera. Shortly after her release from prison, the 61-year-old academician and women's rights activist from Saudi Arabia o

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A sign for the West : Activists in Saudi Arabia for the time being, free

Aziza al-Yousef was beaming into the camera. Shortly after her release from prison, the 61-year-old academician and women's rights activist from Saudi Arabia on a picture on Twitter showed together with your family. Yousef is one of three Activists that have been set by the Saudi justice after nearly a year in prison "temporarily". The decision depends on the aspirations of the Saudi government for better relations with the West. Criticism of the policy of the Kingdom does not want to accept the Riad. While Yousef and the other women celebrated their release, was detained according to information provided by Saudi Arabian dissident, another government critic.

Around a dozen Saudi women had come in the past year, shortly before the abolition of the licence prohibition for women in the Kingdom under the pretext of alleged spying for foreign countries in custody – crown Prince wanted Mohammed bin discipline Salman, the Saudi civil society. Some of the women were tortured, according to his own words, in detention, with electric shocks and other methods.

Among those arrested Yousef was a veteran of the struggle for women's rights in the Muslim monarchy. It was six years ago in temporary custody because she drove at the time an unauthorized manner at the wheel of a car through the Riad. At your side, the blogger Eman al-Nafjan was in the year 2013. It was taken last year, as Yousef again and was now free. The activist Rokaya al-Mohareb was able to leave the prison. The release of other women is expected, according to media reports in the coming days.

However, the criminal proceedings against the women continues. The Saudi leadership wants to make the Activists is clear that the government alone decides on new features such as the driver's license for women. Activists such as Yousef System in Saudi Arabia, forbidding women without permission by a male relative to travel abroad or to marry fight against the guardian.

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From the perspective of the Saudi leadership" will help the arrest of redundancies to repair the relationship of the country to the West, which had been damaged by the murder of the journalist Khashoggi in October. Germany has just extended the stop arms exports to Saudi Arabia because of the Khashoggi-murder, and the US government is because of the supply of nuclear technology to Riyadh, under internal political pressure. Concessions such as the release of the Activists to counteract the criticism of Saudi Arabia in the West.

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