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13 August 2022

Report from a US human rights group about Salma al-Shehab, a Saudi woman, being jailed by a terrosim court for 34 years for posting tweets calling for reform in the kingdom.

This is the longest sentence ever given to a womens right advocate in Saudi.

Salmar was detained in January 2021 while on holiday. She is resident in the UK and a PhD candidate at the University of Leeds. She has 2 young boys aged 4 and 6.

She was charged as a terrorist on Monday & sentenced to 34 years for publicly supporting other womens rights activists & calling for freedom & justice for people who are wrongfully detained.

There are reports that hundreds of young women have been detained in the country, and many hundreds more who are trapped in the country due to travel bans and new restrictive 'family' laws.

5 minute BBC interview with Dr. Bethany Al-Haidari, the Saudi case manager at the Freedom Initiative on BBC World Service: starts at 30.00 minutes.

Press release about the sentencing from The Freedom Initiative

EDIT:

Here is Salmas twitter account: https://twitter.com/I_Salma1988

On 29 Dec 2020 she tweeted:

Freedom for the prisoners of patriarchal systems and shame and disgrace for the jailer!

And tweeted the names of the leaders of the 'drive my own car' movement calling them female prisoners of conscience & celebrating them along with a number of other womens rights activists.

13 August 2022 Report from a US human rights group about Salma al-Shehab, a Saudi woman, being **jailed by a terrosim court for 34 years for posting tweets** calling for reform in the kingdom. This is the longest sentence ever given to a womens right advocate in Saudi. Salmar was detained in January 2021 while on holiday. She is resident in the UK and a PhD candidate at the University of Leeds. She has 2 young boys aged 4 and 6. She was charged as a terrorist on Monday & sentenced to 34 years for publicly supporting other womens rights activists & calling for freedom & justice for people who are wrongfully detained. There are reports that hundreds of young women have been detained in the country, and many hundreds more who are trapped in the country due to travel bans and new restrictive 'family' laws. 5 minute BBC interview with Dr. Bethany Al-Haidari, the Saudi case manager at the Freedom Initiative on [BBC World Service](https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/w172yfc34p1v9v7): starts at 30.00 minutes. Press release about the sentencing from [The Freedom Initiative](https://thefreedomi.org/statements/saudi-womens-rights-activist-and-mother-of-two-sentenced-to-34-years-in-jail/) EDIT: Here is Salmas twitter account: https://twitter.com/I_Salma1988 On 29 Dec 2020 she tweeted: > Freedom for the prisoners of patriarchal systems and shame and disgrace for the jailer! And tweeted the names of the leaders of the 'drive my own car' movement calling them female prisoners of conscience & celebrating them along with a number of other womens rights activists.

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