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Imprisoned saudi women have been tortured and skendränkts

a month ago I had two scares where anonymous witnesses describe repeated cases of torture of female prisoners in saudi Arabia. It's about electroshock, lashes, and sexual violation. Behind the reports is two leading human rights organisations, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International.

Among the tortyroffren are several well-known persons who have long and persistently worked to improve the status of women in saudi Arabia.

decided king Salman to let the country's human rights commission to do their own investigation. The result of the commission's work has now been leaked to the newspaper the Wall Street Journal. It turns out that the situation is rather worse than what human rights organisations described.

A woman talks about how she got the wires tied to their hands and were subjected to repeated severe electric shock. ”Afterwards saw the hands out as grilled meat,” she says to the saudi investigators.

One of the affected is Loujain al-Hathloul, a 29-year-old literary critic, who among other things organized petitions to abolish the male guardianship, an arrangement that means that women in saudi Arabia must have a male companion in most things they do outside of the home. She has also conducted several campaigns for women's right to drive a car.

The 29-year-old medborgaraktivisten Loujain al-Hathloul has now been imprisoned for seven months without trial. She is one of the saudi women who are tortured in prison, according to information from a commission of inquiry. Photo: Emna Mizouni

on 15 may of this year, in a coordinated raid, along with several other women human rights defenders. Since then, al-Hathloul incarcerated in Dabhanfängelset outside Jeddah. Among the other arrested men include 60-year-old universitetsprofessorn Aziza al-Yousef and Samar Badawi, sister of nätaktivisten Raif Badawi, who is serving a ten-year prison sentence for blog posts critical of the royal family.

al-Hathloul and her fellow prisoners accused of conspiring with a foreign power, and spreading rumors that hurt the country. But neither Loujain al-Hathloul, or any of the other women who were arrested in may have been something rättegångsdatum exposed.

According to the Wall Street Journal interviewed she Saud al-Qahtani, one of the crown prince Mohammed bin Salmans closest advisors. al-Qahtani is singled out as one of those who participated in the planning of the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, on 2 October this year.

– Saud al-Qahtani threatened to rape and kill her, " says an anonymous witness told the newspaper.

was the victim Loujain al-Hathloul, even for waterboarding, a torture where the victim's head repeatedly stopped in the water so that a kvävningskänsla occurs.

It is unclear in what form the commission's investigation will be presented. Equally uncertain is what the consequences might be for those responsible. Saudi arabia has earlier denied that prisoners were tortured. The thing is also that the judiciary is controlled by the royal family, it is the king who appoints and dismisses judges.

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