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Saudi women empowerment 'a lie', say siblings of Loujain al-Hathloul a day after her release

February 11, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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The family of Saudi activist Loujain al-Hathloul issued a scathing rebuke to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in a press conference Thursday, a day after the women's rights defender was released from prison.

(CNN)The family of Saudi activist Loujain al-Hathloul issued a scathing rebuke to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in a press conference Thursday, a day after the women's rights defender was released from prison.

Hathloul, who alleges that she was tortured and sexually assaulted while in prison, is a prominent women's rights defender.

"We really see that women empowerment is a lie in Saudi Arabia, that there are no real reforms," said Brussels-based Lina al-Hathloul, who was a driving force behind the international campaign for her sister's release.

Hathloul's release, as well as the draft judicial reforms, come less than a week after the administration of President Joe Biden called on the kingdom to improve its rights record and release women's rights activists.

She's been conditionally released," said Lina al-Hathloul.

"Loujain recognized him," said Alia al-Hathloul at Thursday's press conference.

"Loujain went out to get ice cream," said Alia al-Hathloul.

The siblings say that shortly after her imprisonment, Hathloul was transferred out of the prison to a basement in an unknown location which she dubbed "the palace of terror," where she was allegedly subjected to torture and sexual abuse.

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