Release Women Activists in Saudi Gulags of Dhahban

Guards at Dhahban Prison in Saudi Arabia wear concealment masks when they torture prisoners [women who have been human rights defenders], say Saudi Arabia government workers in Riyadh who object to the proceedings.

by Micheal John, [email protected] Writer | Editor

You might be ticked off if were to write like Donald Trump. What if it were said here that the brutality and murders of Saudi Prince Mohammad bin Salman (MbS) will be ignored because of business deal promises from Saudi Arabia, the nation that sent 15 of the 19 hijackers to North America on 11 September 2001?  Would it be too bold to say Saudi Arabia’s lies and deceptions about war crimes in Yemen will be overlooked because we like their money? The imprisonment and torture of women and children critics  (see the list) inside Saudi Arabia gets a pass because the Saudis dropped the price of oil? Trump said that.

Donald Trump has released a statement from which most media reports infer that the murder of Jamal Khashoggi can be and should be dismissed because MbS and Saudi Arabia “will spend and invest $450 billion in the United States”.

Will there be other murders and violence toward women and girls that can be impugned by money? How much money?

“Doesn’t Trump’s statement imply that America is open to  murder for hire?”, asks Simon Baldock, a private security consultant with a security firm like Blackwater.

Baldock’s point is made ‘real and harsh’ when he says ‘Trump opens the door to excused killings  for leaders, judges and lawmakers‘.

“Imagine Vice President Pence making a statement like this after Trump is wacked by a country committed to buying $750 billion in trains boats and airliners from America, ‘we are looking the other way…'”
— Security Consultant

RINJ’s Sharon Santiago in a speech delivered to children on the weekend, said, “Adults must also report bad things they see. When someone does something bad to you or another person you must tell someone in charge so the bad person can be stopped and everyone can be safe .”

    • Dozens of women are being imprisoned, sexually assaulted and tortured by Saudi Arabia under the orders of MbS
    • The disposition of the capital case of Israa al Ghomgham is still unknown as a Saudi terrorist court‘s decision remains pending.
    • Hydrocarbon feudalism in Saudi arabia is alive and well, the modernisation facade is a farcical fraud.
    • America’s three-quarter century alliance with Saudi Arabia initiated by President Franklin D. Roosevelt has bred familiarity leading to tolerance for extreme  inhumanity, like 8 million Yemenis at morbid risk.

In the Humanitarian Action Campaign,, “Orange the World“, Civil Society Women are Urging the release of human rights defenders from Saudi Prisons

By Unknown - Loujain Alhathloul via OTRS system, CC BY-SA 4.0, Former University of British Columbia student (Canada) Loujain Alhathloul  (dob 31 July 1989) Photo By Submitted – via OTRS system, CC BY-SA 4.0


Read: Proposal: Saudi Arabia Release Human Rights Defenders

Feminine Perspective Magazine-30 Oct 2018


Saudi Arabia must release human rights defenders the victims of an opaque and arbitrary judicial system.#HearMeToo: Israa al Ghomgham. Her case was to come up on 28 October before a Judge in Saudi Arabia’s secret terrorist court system. – Photo is Riyadh TV Screen Capture

Read: Urging for the release of Human Rights Defenders

Also read: Demanding Yemen Ceasefire, Survivor Compensation 

Release human rights defenders#HearMeToo: Free Aziza al-Yousef . Meet another genuine hero. Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons: Joodymuhd 

List of Human Rights Defenders RINJ Wants Released by Saudi Arabia:

  • Abdullah Al Malki, academic and citizen-journalist
  • Abdulaziz Meshaal
  • Alaa Brinji, journalist for Al-Sharq, El Bilad and Okaz
  • *Aisha al-Mana, female human rights defender,  director of the Al-Mana General Hospitals and the Mohammad al-Mana College of Health Sciences. She is a feminist who has participated both in demonstrations against the ban on women driving in Saudi Arabia and in the anti male-guardianship campaign. The RINJ Foundation wants charges dropped for this woman. She has been released mid year.
  • Ali Al Omari, founder of the 4Shabab TV channel
  • Aziza al-Yousef, female human rights defender
  • Eman al Nafjan, women’s rights activist, founder of the Saudi Woman blog is a school teacher and later a university teaching assistant. She earned a master’s degree in teaching English as a foreign language from the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom. She then taught pre-med English at a university. She was working towards a PhD in linguistics. She was detained by Saudi authorities in May 2018
  • Essam Al Zamil, economist and citizen-journalist
  • Fadhel al Manafes, a citizen-journalist and human rights defender
  • Hatoon al-Fassi was an associate professor of women’s history at King Saud University in Saudi Arabia, where she was employed since 1989 and at the International Affairs Department at Qatar University.  Al-Fassi claims from her research into the pre-Islamic Arabian kingdom of Nabataea that women in the kingdom had more independence than women in modern Saudi Arabia. She was arrested in June 2018 for believing this.
  • Ibrahim al-Modaimeegh
  • Israa al-Ghomgham, human rights defender, columnist, citizen journalist, blogger
  • Jamil Farsi, businessman and columnist for several Saudi newspapers, including Okaz; much followed on Twitter
  • #HearMeToo: Loujain al-Hathloul, female human rights defender
  • *Madeha al-Ajroush, female human rights defender took part in the first protests by Saudi women against the ban on women driving. The RINJ Foundation wants charges dropped for this woman. She has been released mid year.
  • Malek al Ahmad, editor of several media outlets, founder of Al Mohayed (“The Neutral One“)
  • Mayya al-Zahrani was reportedly arrested on Saturday, hours after posting comments online on the arrest of fellow activist Nouf Abdulaziz
  • Mohammed Saud al Bishar, reporter and columnist, including for the Saudi newspaper Twasul
  • Nassema al Sadah, women’s rights activist and columnist
  • Nazir al Majid, writer and journalist for various media including Al Hayat et Al Sharq
  • Nouf Abdelaziz al Jerawi, journalist, blogger and activist
  • Raif Badawi, blogger, founder of the Saudi Liberal Network (an online forum)
  • Saleh al Shehi, journalist with Al Watan
  • #HearMeTooSamar Badawi, is an extraordinary and internationally recognized human rights defender. She was arrested by the Saudi authorities again. Canada’s request for her immediate release sparked a major diplomatic dispute between Canada and Saudi Arabia.
  • Salman al Awdah, reformist preacher and blogger with many followers
  • Waleed Abu al Khair, founder of the Monitor of Human Rights in Saudi Arabia

In a letter to the House of SaudThe RINJ Foundation‘s Board of Directors said,  “The RINJ Foundation will seek a remedy by any legal and extra-legal actions that are available to obtain the release of additional human rights defenders known to the persons in the above list to have been captured and held prisoner.”

List excerpts from previous articles and statements plus from release:  Civil Society Women Propose Saudi Arabia Release Activists

Donald Trump’s man in the Middle East.
Donald Trump and Mohammad bin Salman Al Saud in the Oval Office, March 14 2017Donald Trump’s man in the Middle East. From: The Freak Show: Part II – The Caliphate Root
US President Donald Trump, the man who confiscates women’s babies to scare away future migrants, speaks with House of Saud’s Mohammed bin Salman, the Saudi Crown Prince who wants to behead women who call him out on human rights violations. Photo taken during their cozy meeting Tuesday, March 14, 2017, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, D.C. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)

Meghan Markle appeared in the April issue of Vanity Fair along with Saudi activist Loujain al-Hathloul at the One Young World Summit in Ottawa in October 2016 CREDIT: Vanity Fair / JASON SCHMIDT Meghan Markle appeared in the April issue of Vanity Fair along with Saudi activist Loujain al-Hathloul at the One Young World Summit in Ottawa in October 2016 Photo Credit: Vanity Fair /Hason Schmidt

Trigger warning: you may find this Trump statement disturbing and untruthful.

Published on 20 November, FPMag’s Telegram 

Statement from President Donald J. Trump on Standing with Saudi Arabia – America First!

The world is a very dangerous place!

The country of Iran, as an example, is responsible for a bloody proxy war against Saudi Arabia in Yemen, trying to destabilize Iraq’s fragile attempt at democracy, supporting the terror group Hezbollah in Lebanon, propping up dictator Bashar Assad in Syria (who has killed millions of his own citizens), and much more. Likewise, the Iranians have killed many Americans and other innocent people throughout the Middle East. Iran states openly, and with great force, “Death to America!” and “Death to Israel!” Iran is considered “the world’s leading sponsor of terror.”

On the other hand, Saudi Arabia would gladly withdraw from Yemen if the Iranians would agree to leave. They would immediately provide desperately needed humanitarian assistance. Additionally, Saudi Arabia has agreed to spend billions of dollars in leading the fight against Radical Islamic Terrorism.

After my heavily negotiated trip to Saudi Arabia last year, the Kingdom agreed to spend and invest $450 billion in the United States. This is a record amount of money. It will create hundreds of thousands of jobs, tremendous economic development, and much additional wealth for the United States. Of the $450 billion, $110 billion will be spent on the purchase of military equipment from Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon and many other great U.S. defense contractors. If we foolishly cancel these contracts, Russia and China would be the enormous beneficiaries – and very happy to acquire all of this newfound business. It would be a wonderful gift to them directly from the United States!

The crime against Jamal Khashoggi was a terrible one, and one that our country does not condone. Indeed, we have taken strong action against those already known to have participated in the murder. After great independent research, we now know many details of this horrible crime. We have already sanctioned 17 Saudis known to have been involved in the murder of Mr. Khashoggi, and the disposal of his body.

Representatives of Saudi Arabia say that Jamal Khashoggi was an “enemy of the state” and a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, but my decision is in no way based on that – this is an unacceptable and horrible crime. King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman vigorously deny any knowledge of the planning or execution of the murder of Mr. Khashoggi. Our intelligence agencies continue to assess all information, but it could very well be that the Crown Prince had knowledge of this tragic event – maybe he did and maybe he didn’t!

That being said, we may never know all of the facts surrounding the murder of Mr. Jamal Khashoggi. In any case, our relationship is with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. They have been a great ally in our very important fight against Iran. The United States intends to remain a steadfast partner of Saudi Arabia to ensure the interests of our country, Israel and all other partners in the region. It is our paramount goal to fully eliminate the threat of terrorism throughout the world!

I understand there are members of Congress who, for political or other reasons, would like to go in a different direction – and they are free to do so. I will consider whatever ideas are presented to me, but only if they are consistent with the absolute security and safety of America. After the United States, Saudi Arabia is the largest oil producing nation in the world. They have worked closely with us and have been very responsive to my requests to keeping oil prices at reasonable levels – so important for the world. As President of the United States I intend to ensure that, in a very dangerous world, America is pursuing its national interests and vigorously contesting countries that wish to do us harm. Very simply it is called America First!

US President Donald Trump 

SOURCE: Original statement published here on 20 November 2018