U.N. voices concern over Saudi arrest of women's rights activists

Saudi Arabia: 2 New Arrests of Activists

"We are extremely anxious about the overall human rights situation in Saudi Arabia, despite the women's driving ban being lifted in less than a month", Kareem Chehayeb, the group's Saudi Arabia researcher, told Al Jazeera on Wednesday.

The draft legislation was passed by the Shura Council less than a month before the Kingdom lifts the ban on women driving.

"Thankfully, the law has finally seen the light".

The law comprises eight articles to combat harassment, prevent it from occurring, punish the perpetrators and protect the victim's privacy, dignity and personal freedom, according to a statement to Saudi Press Agency.

The anti-harassment measure, which was approved by the Shura Council advisory body, introduces a jail sentence of up to five years and a 300,000 riyals ($80,000) fine.

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman also instructed the kingdom's interior ministry to fully enact the law, Saudi Gazette reported.

Latifa Al-Shaalan, another Shura member, said the law fills "a large legislative vacuum".

Dimah Alsharif, a prominent female Saudi lawyer referred to the legislation as "a qualitative leap" in the fight against sexual harassment.

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This follows King Salman's historic decision in September 2017 to allow women to drive from June 24.

By no means were all of our meetings arranged by the Saudi government and we met many women working in a variety of roles; lecturers, doctors, one a project manager for the development of the new Riyadh metro system.

Authorities have accused the activists of "suspicious contact with foreign parties", providing financial support to "enemies" and attempting to undermine the kingdom's "security and stability".

The office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights issued a statement Tuesday noting the apparent contradiction of arresting advocates for women's right while simultaneously advancing those rights.

Four of the detained activists have since been released.

Reports in state-backed media branded some of the detainees traitors and "agents of embassies".

Suad Abu-Dayyeh, a Middle East expert with the global advocacy group Equality Now, said the draft law was a "welcome step", but expressed concern over the recent crackdown on women's rights campaigners.

It added, "If, as it appears, their detention is related exclusively to their work as human rights defenders and activists on women's issues, they should be released immediately".

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