Prom­i­nent fe­male rights ad­vo­cate ar­rested in Saudi Ara­bia

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - WORLD -

DUBAI, United Arab Emi­rates — Hu­man rights groups and ac­tivists say one of Saudi Ara­bia’s most prom­i­nent hu­man rights ad­vo­cates has been ar­rested. Sa­mar Badawi is the sis­ter of Saudi blog­ger Raif Badawi, who was lashed 50 times last year and is serv­ing a 10-year prison sen­tence for in­sult­ing the king­dom’s in­flu­en­tial religious es­tab­lish­ment. She is also the wife of hu­man rights lawyer Waleed Abulkhair, who is serv­ing a 15-year prison sen­tence on charges re­lated to his work, which in­cluded de­fend­ing Raif Badawi. Amnesty In­ter­na­tional and the Cen­ter for In­quiry say the ar­rest on Tues­day of Sa­mar Badawi is be­lieved to be linked to her al­leged role in man­ag­ing a Twit­ter ac­count cam­paign­ing for the re­lease of her hus­band.

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