This is a call for action by Amnesty International Australia. Please keep in mind that petitions for single cases like this are often very effective.
Two women’s rights activists in Saudi Arabia have been convicted of the Shari’a offence of takhbib* or ‘inciting a woman to defy her husband’ after attempting to help an abused woman.
Please sign our petition to demand that the King of Saudi Arabia quashes the convictions and releases both women immediately.
On 6 June, women’s rights activists, Wajeha al-Huwaider and Fawzia al-Oyouni, received a text message from a Canadian woman text messaged stating that her husband, who was travelling for five days, had locked her, along with their children, in the house without food.
On their way to the house, the two activists were ambushed by security forces, accompanied by the husband, and arrested. Although the husband did not file a lawsuit against them, the prosecution accused them of attempting to kidnap the woman and her children and take them to the Canadian embassy.
Following a trial dogged by irregularities, a judge convicted the two women and sentenced them to 10 months in prison followed by a two-year travel ban.
Appeal to the King of Saudi Arabia to quash the convictions of Wajeha al-Huwaider and Fawzia al-Oyouni and release them immediately.
*takhbib is not a recognisable criminal offence under international law.
Petition the Saudi authorities now.
To: King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud
I am calling on you to quash the convictions and the sentences imposed on Wajeha al-Huwaider and Fawzia al-Oyouni.
They have been convicted solely for their legitimate activities as women's rights activists.
Please ensure they are not deprived of their liberty or subjected to arbitrary restrictions on their freedom of movement.
I also call on you to immediately end the judicial and extrajudicial harassment and persecution of human rights activists in Saudi Arabia.