Saudi Arabia: Political Prisoners

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered on 28th February 2022.

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Photo of Margaret Ferrier Margaret Ferrier Independent, Rutherglen and Hamilton West

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether she has made an assessment of the extent to which conditions attached to the release of political activists (a) Loujain al-Hathloul, (b) Nouf Abdelaziz and (c) Mayaa al-Zahrani from prison in Saudi Arabia are consistent with international human rights standards.

Photo of Amanda Milling Amanda Milling Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

We welcome the release of remaining prominent female Women's Rights Defenders in June 2021. In the same month, British Embassy Riyadh raised concern about the conditions attached to the release of some of the women's rights defenders with the Saudi Human Rights Commission. We regularly raise human rights issues and individual cases with the Saudi authorities.

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