The Washington Post
Saudi Arabia Is Heinously Torturing Female Activists. It Must Face Consequences.
Amnesty International has identified a dozen female activists and several men who were arrested beginning last May and are still being held. None have been officially charged with a crime or put on trial. Last month, Amnesty said it had testimonies that 10 had been tortured during their first three months of detention, when they were held in a secret prison. In addition to physical abuse, Amnesty said two activists were forced to kiss each other while interrogators watched. At least one of the women, Loujain al-Hathloul, was threatened with rape by Saud al-Qahtani, a top aide to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman who watched her torture, according to family members.