Our close ally Saudi Arabia has again proven that it imposes the same type of extreme and arbitrary justice as nations like Iran. The latest outrage out of the Kingdom was the jailing of a man for campaigning against the nation’s repressive state control over women. For merely speaking up for women, the man is now reportedly in jail for a year.
The man publicly denounced the infamous system of “guardianship” where women must received permission to travel, even younger brothers or sons. Women also faced such restrictions on their right to marry and still cannot legally drive in the Kingdom. The man was reportedly caught putting up posters against the guardianship system.
This case follows the outrage over a Sharia court ordering 200 lashes and six months in jail after she was gang raped.