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Saudi Women's Rights Activists Appear In Riyadh Court

Defying international calls for the activists' release, a Saudi Arabian court began legal proceedings on Wednesday for Loujain Alhathloul and several other women.
Saudi Arabian women's rights activist Loujain Alhathloul appeared in court with several other women for the first time since her arrest and detention in May 2018. Source: Reuters

Saudi Arabian women's rights activist Loujain Alhathloul was among several women to appear in a closed-door hearing today in a case that has added to heightened global scrutiny over the kingdom's human rights record.

This is the first time Alhathloul appeared in court since she was picked up in a sweep of that targeted rights activists, journalists and academics. Reporters and diplomats were barred from attending the session.

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