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Saudi female activists face jail conditions akin to torture, say UK MPs

Panel finds detained activists subject to sleep deprivation, assault and threats to life
The findings indicate growing unease among western allies over alleged rights abuses under Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Saudi Arabia is detaining female activists in cruel and inhumane conditions that meet the threshold of torture under both international and Saudi law, a cross-party panel of three British MPs has found.

The conclusions indicate growing unease among western allies over alleged rights abuses under Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the kingdom’s de facto leader, who is already facing opprobrium over the murder of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi last year.

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