Saudi-Arabia: Get women’s rights activists out of jail

Oct 26, 2013


Discussion by: foundationist

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.

Get women’s rights activists out of jail

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.

Petition text

To: King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud

Your Majesty,

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.

Yours sincerely,

 

Please sign the petition

18 comments on “Saudi-Arabia: Get women’s rights activists out of jail

  • 4
    foundationist says:

    In reply to #1 by Roedy:

    The petition will not accept Canadians, presumably other non-Australians.

    That’s strange, I’m German, and have been signing a number of AI-Australia’s petitions – including this one – without any trouble.



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  • 5
    mralstoner says:
    1. Islam is not a religion of peace, tolerance, equality, democracy, etc. Islam is a religion of war, subjugation and conquest.
    2. Therefore any meddling in the affairs of Muslim countries is likely to create a hostile reaction against Westerners by those Muslims who take their religion seriously.
    3. The moral to the story is: don’t stir a hornets nest without a plan.
    4. No Westerners meddling in Muslim countries ever have a good plan on how to deal with the intractably regressive nature of Islam.
    5. So just stop meddling, because you’re just creating blowback for the West. Leave Islam the hell alone unless you have some miraculous plan to modernise it. But there’s a reason why Westerners never have a good plan to modernise Muslim countries, and that’s because Islam (the war creed of a 7th Century barbarian) is unreformable.
    6. Just stop it. Leave Islam the hell alone. You don’t know what you’re doing. You’re just stirring up trouble. The only sane policy towards Islam is isolation and containment. Hard but true.



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  • In reply to #4 by foundationist:

    It worked for me too. That was Saturday. I’m surprised it’s taken this long to reach their goal. Hopefully people aren’t experiencing similar problems trying to sign the petition.



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  • 7
    foundationist says:

    In reply to #5 by mralstoner:

    Just stop it. Leave Islam the hell alone. You don’t know what you’re doing. You’re just stirring up trouble. The only sane policy towards Islam is isolation and containment. Hard but true.

    That’s demonstrably not true.



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    pinkhibiscus689 says:

    In reply to #5 by mralstoner:

    Islam is not a religion of peace, tolerance, equality, democracy, etc. Islam is a religion of war, subjugation and conquest.
    Therefore any meddling in the affairs of Muslim countries is likely to create a hostile reaction against Westerners by those Muslims who take their religion seriously.
    The mor…

    If you are captured at any point or imprisoned in Saudi Arabia …we’ll promise not to “meddle”. I bet you’ll change your tune. People are worth fighting for!



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  • 10
    steve_hopker says:

    In reply to #5 by mralstoner:

    Islam is not a religion of peace, tolerance, equality, democracy, etc. Islam is a religion of war, subjugation and conquest.
    Therefore any meddling in the affairs of Muslim countries is likely to create a hostile reaction against Westerners by those Muslims who take their religion seriously.

    irst they came for the communists,
    and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a communist.

    Then they came for the socialists,
    and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a socialist.

    Then they came for the trade unionists,
    and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a trade unionist.

    Then they came for me,
    and there was no one left to speak for me.

    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_they_came_…)



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  • 11
    mralstoner says:

    Steve Hopker offers the typical EMOTIONAL argument i.e. we MUST intervene to save these poor human rights activists. If we don’t draw a line in the sand, the Muslims will keep on with their barbarity, and one day it will be you and I they come for. But again Hopker offers NO PLAN on how to tackle the ENORMOUS and ENTRENCHED and INHERENTLY REGRESSIVE nature of Islam. Hopker merely offers an EMOTIONAL PLEA to POKE THE HORNETS NEST. Poke, poke, poke, poke. That’s his BIG PLAN to modernise Islam. It’s all emotion and no plan. And to think, on a website devoted to rationality. It’s a pathetically ignorant emotional argument.
    Here are some rational studies of Islam, to understand the MAGNITUDE (i.e. IMPOSSIBILITY) of trying to modernise Islam…

    ***. A Rational Study of Radical Islam, by Dr. Bill Warner

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C9sYgqRtZGg

    • Mohammed committed an act of violence on the average of every 6 weeks for the last 9 years of his life.
    • The Islamic triology contains more anti-Semitism than Mein Kampf.

    *** Danish researcher: Islam is the most violent religion

    http://www.jihadwatch.org/2013/05/danish-researcher-islam-is-the-most-violent-religion.html

    “The religious texts of Islam call upon its followers to commit acts of terror and violence to a much higher degree than any other religion, concludes Tina Magaard, who graduated from the Sorbonne in Paris as a PhD in Textual Analysis and Intercultural Communication, after a three-year research project that compared the basic texts from 10 religions.”

    *** Robert Spencer – Pure Islam

    http://www.jihadwatch.org/2007/11/pure-islam-and-michael-van-der-galien.html

    “… all of the schools that are considered orthodox teach, as part of the obligation of the Muslim community, warfare against and the subjugation of unbelievers.”

    *** The Quran contains at least 109 verses that call Muslims to war with nonbelievers for the sake of Islamic rule.

    http://www.thereligionofpeace.com/Quran/023-violence.htm

    Leave Islam the hell alone. Isolate and contain it in its traditional lands. That’s the best we can do.



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  • 12
    Len Walsh says:

    In reply to #10 by steve_hopker:

    In reply to #5 by mralstoner:

    Well said Steve. It’s weird how people think their own holy book is superior. Few of those fearful of the edicts of the other book are aware of what’s written in their own.



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  • 13
    mralstoner says:

    “Word to the west: many Saudi women oppose lifting the driving ban

    Westerners should be wary of trying to impose their version of feminism on Saudi women. It’s not always welcome.

    If you read any western coverage of the recent protest of Saudi Arabia’s female driving ban, you probably thought, “finally, the kingdom is waking up”. But the problem is, that’s not what many Saudis think, including Saudi women…”

    http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/nov/02/saudi-protest-driving-ban-not-popular

    Told ya!



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  • 14
    Red Dog says:

    In reply to #13 by mralstoner:

    “Word to the west: many Saudi women oppose lifting the driving ban

    Westerners should be wary of trying to impose their version of feminism on Saudi women. It’s not always welcome.

    If you read any western coverage of the recent protest of Saudi Arabia’s female driving ban, you probably thought, “fi…

    From the same article:

    The Saudi economic newspaper El-Iqtisadiah ran a front-page news story suggesting that women’s driving is just a luxury rather than a necessity and that protesters against the ban seek to undermine the kingdom’s stability and create sedition.

    So the source for the columnist’s article about how women in Saudi Arabia don’t really want to drive anyway is from “The Saudi economic newspaper El-Iqtisadiah” In a Theocracy such as Saudi Arabia, where one group, the house of Saud has so much power that they named the country after themselves, do you really think that this paper is a trustworthy source to report on how the Saudi people feel about the actions of the Saudi government? It seems to me it’s kind of like using Pravda as a source back in the days of the Soviet Union.

    As for the rest of the article it’s based on an informal survey the columnist did with people he knows from Saudi Arabia which even he admits in the article “It wasn’t exactly scientific, ” which is putting it mildly.

    Anyway, it doesn’t really matter to me either way. You could show me a trustworthy poll that said that 99% of Saudi women currently don’t want to drive. As long as even some of them want to they have that right. Rights aren’t determined by numbers and rights don’t stop just because of local customs or religions.



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    Red Dog says:

    In reply to #1 by Roedy:

    The petition will not accept Canadians, presumably other non-Australians.

    I couldn’t sign either. It kept rejecting my zip code for some reason and I live in the US. I also find the request for a non-optional phone number to be too intrusive, most petition sites don’t require that.



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    Red Dog says:

    In reply to #5 by mralstoner:

    Islam is not a religion of peace, tolerance, equality, democracy, etc. Islam is a religion of war, subjugation and conquest.
    Therefore any meddling in the affairs of Muslim countries is likely to create a hostile reaction against Westerners by those Muslims who take their religion seriously.
    The mor…

    If this were a petition calling on the US or UK to start bombing Saudi Arabia until they grant women some rights I would agree with you. You can’t impose democracy on people from the outside, you end up doing more harm than good. Although, almost always when nations like the US say they are invading someone to promote democracy or human rights for women it’s all just a sham anyway. Actually, a great piece of evidence that it is a sham can be seen by comparing the state of women’s rights in Saudi Arabia with Iraq before the US invasion. If anything they had more rights in Iraq under Sadam (at least those who weren’t involved in political action against Sadam). The US never really cares about human rights it just uses that as an excuse when they want to use military force for other reasons.

    But none of this is about wanting to invade Saudi Arabia or force them to do regime change. It’s about putting non-violent pressure on the Saudi government. I doubt these petitions make much of a difference either way but they are one small step in what should be a continuous process to put economic and social pressure on the Saudi leadership (some of whom do care about western public opinion and all of whom care about economic interests so things like boycotts can be effective). In that sense it absolutely is the obligation of people who care about critical thinking and who also care about the rest of humanity to take an interest and do what we can to support the women of Saudi Arabia as they strive for the most basic rights that we all take for granted.



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  • 17
    Sean_W says:

    I didn’t provide a zip or phone number. They aren’t required fields. If you want to try again it may work if you leave those out.



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    Red Dog says:

    In reply to #17 by Sean_W:

    I didn’t provide a zip or phone number. They aren’t required fields. If you want to try again it may work if you leave those out.

    Thanks, that did it, I just left both fields blank and it worked.



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