Women’s rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul was released from prison after 1,001 days, but her family is noting that it shouldn’t yet be called “freedom.”
Hathloul, 31, was arrested in May 2018 on charges that have been described as “politically-motivated.” According to CNN, she was detained during a “sweep that targeted well-known opponents of the kingdom’s since-rescinded law barring women from driving.”
Her sister tweeted a photo of the smiling activist on Wednesday, announcing that “Loujain is at home!”
Loujain is at home !!!!!!
تم الافراج عن لجين pic.twitter.com/fqug9VK6Mj
— Lina Alhathloul لينا الهذلول (@LinaAlhathloul) February 10, 2021
Hathloul’s imprisonment drew international attention from celebrities and human rights groups. After she had been imprisoned for a year, members of her family who were living abroad decided to shift their awareness campaign to the United States while her family in Saudi Arabia remained under a travel ban.
The news of her release comes after President Biden announced last week that his administration will halt “U.S. support for offensive operations by the Saudi-led military coalition fighting the Iranian-aligned Houthi movement in Yemen.”