Nassima al-Sadah, recently arrested in Saudi Arabia. She is a human rights trainer who worked with many of the human rights organisations and activists in the MENA region. She challenged patriarchy by declaring herself a candidate in municipal elections. She was harassed, targeted and even assaulted. She could currently face up to 20 years in prison.
“The arrests of Samar Badawi and Nassima al-Sadah signal that the Saudi authorities see any peaceful dissent, whether past or present, as a threat to their autocratic rule,” said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East director at Human Rights Watch, in a statement.
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