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Saudi Arabia Could Release Women’s Rights Activist This Week

  • Loujain Al-Hathloul’s 2018 arrest made global headlines
  • Move would come amid U.S. scrutiny of human rights record
Loujain al-Hathloul
Loujain al-Hathloul

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The family of prominent Saudi women’s rights activist Loujain Al-Hathloul expects her to be released from prison as soon as Thursday after nearly three years in jail, her sister said, as the Biden administration steps up pressure on the kingdom over its human rights record.

“Today, as I prepare my work for the week and look at my schedule, out of excitement, I’ve decided to cancel all my meetings for Thursday February 11 and take a day off,” Alia Al-Hathloul wrote on Twitter. It’s unclear if the government has calculated the same release date as her family given the complexity of the partially suspended sentence she was given. The activist will remain under probation and a travel ban after her release while her case is appealed.