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Saudi girl facing death for non-violent protest (V)

Saudi Arabia must immediately and unconditionally release all women it has detained for campaigning for human rights, officials mandated by the United Nations said.

Saudi authorities have detained more than a dozen women’s rights activists since May. Most campaigned for the right to drive – which was granted in June – and an end to the kingdom’s male guardianship system, which requires women to obtain the consent of a male relative for major decisions.

This statement, from experts who report to the U.N. Human Rights Council, called for the release of six women.

They include one, Israa Al-Ghomgham, who is facing possible execution, a threat the experts called “reprehensible”.

They said they were in touch with Saudi authorities.

The Saudi mission in Geneva did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment.

Israa Al-Ghomgham is a 29-year-old Saudi woman who is facing the death penalty for her peaceful protesting. Here are all the shocking details before her sentencing on October 28th.

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