Condemned to silence The situation of Women Human Rights Defenders in Saudi Arabia

Far away from the media frenzy, the new report being released by the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders (an FIDH-OMCT partnership) casts a harsh light on the scandalous situation of Saudi women human rights defenders.

These activists are subjected to a patriarchal regime that is steeped in gender inequality, and they must cope with a context that severely represses all voices of dissent.

Upholding the ‘male guardian’ status perpetuates gender inequality and condemns women to a minority status for their whole life.

The report published by the Observatory explains the fight for the emancipation of women in Saudi Arabia in a tightly circumscribed human rights environment. It traces the symbolic path of some of them.

Today, the law still does not guarantee freedoms of association, expression and peaceful assembly. There is a long way to go for the respect of basic rights.



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