Loujain al-Hathloul, Saudi Arabian women activist was released on February 11 after being 3 years in prison. “Loujain is at home!!!!!!” Hathloul’s sister Lina tweeted , breaking the news that she had been released after 1,001 days in prison.
Al-Hathloul has been arrested and released on several occasions for defying the ban on women driving in Saudi Arabia and was arrested in May 2018, with several prominent women’s rights activists, on the charge of “attempting to destabilise the kingdom” after being effectively kidnapped in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Al-Hathloul was ranked third in the list of “Top 100 Most Powerful Arab Women 2015” In March 2019, PEN America announced that Nouf Abdulaziz, al-Hathloul, and Eman al-Nafjan would receive the 2019 PEN America/Barbey Freedom to Write Award. Al-Hathloul was named one of Time magazine’s “100 Most Influential People of 2019”. Al-Hathloul was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2019 and 2020. She is shortlisted for the 2020 Václav Havel Human Rights Prize – the winner will be announced on 16 April 2021.