Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman granted the right for women to drive, ending a decades-old ban that the conservative kingdom has previously enforced. This seems to be great news for women’s activists until many of them were arrested for ‘dissent’. At least 7 prominent women’s rights activists who previously campaigned for the right to drive have been arrested, inciting strong condemnation from international rights groups. The government statement said the 7 activists, who comprise of both women and men, were arrested for ‘suspicious contacts with foreign entities and offering financial support to enemies overseas’. Saudi Arabia seems rather hypocritical, proclaiming support for women’s rights despite having a history of detaining women’s rights activists.
Written by Ashley Koh