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Letter

Suzanne Bonamici

From the office of:

Suzanne Bonamici

Sending Office: Honorable Suzanne Bonamici
Sent By:
Jack.Arriaga@mail.house.gov

Nominate Loujain al-Hathloul, Imprisoned Saudi Women’s Rights Advocate, for 2020 Nobel Peace Prize

Current signers: Lois Frankel, André Carson, Susan Wild, Chellie Pingree, Juan Vargas

Endorsed by: Freedom Now, PEN America

Deadline: COB TODAY (Tuesday, 1/28)

Dear Colleague,

I invite you to join me in nominating Saudi human rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul for the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize. Loujain is one of the most

prominent and outspoken women human rights defenders in Saudi Arabia
. She is well-known for campaigning against the driving ban and the campaign to end the male guardianship system. In 2014, she was detained for 73 days after she attempted to drive into
Saudi Arabia from the United Arab Emirates. Loujain also went on to stand for election in Saudi Arabia in November 2015 – the first time women were allowed to both vote and stand in elections in the state. Despite finally being recognized as a candidate, her
name was never added to the ballot.

In May of 2018, Saudi officials arrested Loujain along with 11 other women rights activists. She was held incommunicado with no access to her family or lawyer during the first three months of her detention. During that time,

Loujain was beaten, waterboarded, given electric shocks, sexually harassed, and threatened with rape and murder
. Loujain was detained without charges or trial for the first 10 months of her detention.

During her initial court hearing on March 13, 2019, Loujain was charged with promoting women’s rights; calling for the end of the male guardianship system; and contacting international organizations, foreign media, and other activists, including contact
with Amnesty International. Her last court appearance was April 3, 2019. In August 2019, Saudi State Security officials offered to release her if she recorded a video denying that she had been tortured.

She refused this offer
. As a result, Loujain
remains in prison indefinitely
pending the next court session at an unspecified date.

Loujain al-Hathloul embodies the peaceful struggle for the equal rights of women in Saudi Arabia and is deserving of the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize. To sign on, or more information, please contact Jack Arriaga in my office at
Jack.Arriaga@mail.house.gov or 5-0855.

 

Sincerely.

 

Suzanne Bonamici

Member of Congress