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Family of Saudi Arabia's 'most outspoken' political prisoner calls on G20 to hold kingdom to account

November 21, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

The family of Loujain al-Hathloul, a jailed Saudi women's rights defender believed by her family and advocacy organizations to be on hunger strike, has called on the G20 to demand that Saudi Arabia release the prominent activist.

(CNN)The family of Loujain al-Hathloul, a jailed Saudi women's rights defender believed by her relatives and advocacy organizations to be on hunger strike, has called on the G20 to demand that Saudi Arabia release the prominent activist.

To tell Saudi Arabia that they won't believe any of the reforms when the ones who have been advocating for them are behind bars," Loujain al-Hathloul's sister, Lina al-Hathloul, told CNN.

But after another visit on September 9, Loujain was again denied contact with her family until a meeting with her parents on October 26, when she informed them that she would resume a hunger strike, said Lina.

Ms. Al-Hathloul is not allowed to have regular contact with her family nor to exercise activities, according to reports received," it said.

Hathloul is believed to be the most vocal political detainee currently inside Saudi prisons, having made the plight of the kingdom's imprisoned women's rights defenders known to the outside world and sparking international outrage.

In August 2019, Saudi authorities offered to release Hathloul on condition that she rescind her allegations of torture, her family said.

"She doesn't want to get out and have the people who tortured her and imprisoned her walk with impunity and still be able to do this to other women after her," Loujain's sister, Lina al-Hathloul, told CNN.

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