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Saudi Female Activist Al-Hathloul’s Torture Is One of Countless Cases

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[Dr. Saad Al-Fageeh]: We have to comment on the Loujain Al-Hathloul case in regard to the article that was published by her sister in New York Times. It’s a long article in which she detailed what happened to her. In fact, the position taken by her sister is a bold one, which had to take place, whether now or before. She wrote that she had no other option left. There’s a common belief that people has, which is that it would be better for the detainee to keep silent and not speak up so that they won’t suffer repercussions. That’s not true at all. There is no detainee that has suffered repercussions because of their relatives speaking out. On the contrary, most of the detainees have benefited from that, even if it meant being subjected to less torture, or they’re allowed visits. Most of the detainees have benefited from their relatives speaking out. This is the first point.

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