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Mona Eltahawy @monaeltahawy
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#Saudi feminist Loujain al-Hathloul, 29, was detained in May in unprecedented crackdown vs feminists. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman aide Saud al-Qahtani, personally oversaw her interrogation, which incl waterboarding & threatened to rape & kill her…
Of 18 detained activists, at least eight have been physically abused in custody, according to Saudi advisers, activists &others with knowledge of the prisoners’ treatment. One said security officials electrocuted her hands. “My fingers resembled barbecued meat, swollen and blue”
Glad to see some finally pay attention to misogyny in #Saudi Arabia - I call it gender apartheid. RIP Jamal Khashoggi. It should not be lost on us that it took the murder of a man for some to finally pay attention to women.
Where was international outcry over those women’s rights activists detention in May? Not difficult to connect that lack of an outcry to this brazen and savage torture ordered by ,mCrown Prince Mohamed Bin Salman & carried out by one of his top aides. But Who cares about women?
Some of us have been telling you for years about gender apartheid in #Saudi Arabia and about the incredible feminists fighting it. My first column about misogyny in Saudi Arabia was published 16yrs ago…
My most recent column about #Saudi women’s rights activists was about Crown Mohamed Bin Salman’s crackdown in May against three generations of feminists who’ve been fighting not just vs driving ban but guardianship system - the foundation of patriarchy…
I’ve collected examples of my opinion columns on women’s rights and gender apartheid in #Saudi Arabia. 16 years of them. And a chapter in my book: All that I’ve written has been in the name of love and solidarity with sisters in #Saudi Arabia.
It is clear that #Saudi regime & Crown Prince Mohamed Bin Salman have a near-psychopathic obsession with Loujain al-Hathloul. Days before he visited the US, Mohamed had the #UAE render Loujain back to Saudi where she was jailed, released & silenced.…
That’s how threatening feminism is to #Saudi regime. Rendition is usually associated w/ ”terrorism” suspects.

In 2014,Loujain was arrested for trying to drive across UAE-Saudi border & referred to a terrorism court. She was released before being tried after 73 days in detention
Loujain was detained in May, incommunicado at first. And now we learn that a top aide to de facto ruler #Saudi Crown Prince Mohamed Bin personally oversaw her interrogation, which included waterboarding & that the aide threatened to rape & kill her. For fighting patriarchy.
Just 3 of the feminists detained since May by the “emancipator of women” Crown Prince Mohamed Bin Salman. @azizayousef, 60, retired professor, mother of 5 & grandmother of 8; @Saudiwoman, linguistics professor and mother of four, including a toddler; @loujainhathloul, 29
“Last week, Ms. al-Yousef, Ms. al-Nafjan and Ms. al-Hathloul were transferred from Jeddah to Riyadh’s al-Hayer political prison, according to two people familiar with the matter. The transfer could be an indication the activists will soon go to trial”…
The map of shame: @AFP graphic on the biggest suppliers of arms to Saudi Arabia, according to data from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute
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