Noha al-Balawi

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 7th March 2018.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Saudi Arabia about the detention without charge of Noha al-Balawi; and whether they will press for her release.

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We are aware of media reports relating to the detention of Noha al-Balawi. The UK has consistently called for women in Saudi Arabia to be able to participate fully in society and we will continue to engage in dialogue on women's rights with the Saudi Arabian government. We do not shy away from raising human rights concerns with Saudi Arabian officials and will continue to do so using a range of ministerial and diplomatic channels. Our Ambassador in Riyadh last raised human rights cases with Saudi Arabian officials on 18 February.

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