House of Commons
DETENTION OF WOMEN'S RIGHTS ACTIVISTS IN SAUDI ARABIA
EDM #2068
Tabled 12 February 2019
2017-19 Session
That this House is very concerned about the continuing detention of Saudi women's rights activists, including Loujain al-Hathloul, Aziza al-Yousef, Eman al-Nafjan and Samar Badawi, many months after their arrests in 2018; is extremely alarmed by allegations that some activists have been subjected to sexual harassment, torture and ill-treatment, including electric shocks, floggings and beatings on the feet, during pre-trial detention, as reported by human rights organisations Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and ALQST (Justice), and which may be on-going; notes the recent creation of the cross-party Detention Review Panel which seeks to review the activists' detention conditions, and Saudi Arabia's failure to allow that body access to the detainees; recognises the vital role of civil society and human rights defenders in that country and the need for their protection; urges the Saudi Government to release the women activists immediately and unconditionally, along with all those detained for the peaceful expression of their opinions or their human rights work, and to allow prompt and impartial investigation into allegations of torture and ill-treatment to ensure those responsible are held to account; and calls on the Government to make a public statement immediately calling for the release of the detained women activists by the Saudi Government.

Signatures (40)

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.
In addition to the sponsors, the following Members have signed to support the motion.
Cunningham, Mr Jim
Labour
13 February 2019
Rimmer, Ms Marie
Labour
13 February 2019
Godsiff, Mr Roger
Labour
13 February 2019
Hopkins, Kelvin
Independent
13 February 2019
Russell-Moyle, Lloyd
Labour
13 February 2019
Bruce, Fiona
Conservative
13 February 2019
McDonald, Stewart Malcolm
Scottish National Party
13 February 2019
Gibson, Patricia
Scottish National Party
13 February 2019
Bottomley, Sir Peter
Conservative
14 February 2019
Morris, Grahame
Labour
14 February 2019
Skinner, Mr Dennis
Labour
14 February 2019
Saville Roberts, Liz
Plaid Cymru
14 February 2019
West, Catherine
Labour
18 February 2019
Hill, Mike
Labour
18 February 2019
Docherty-Hughes, Martin
Scottish National Party
18 February 2019
Stephens, Chris
Scottish National Party
18 February 2019
Jardine, Christine
Liberal Democrat
19 February 2019
Lake, Ben
Plaid Cymru
19 February 2019
O'Hara, Brendan
Scottish National Party
20 February 2019
Hermon, Lady
Independent
20 February 2019
Glindon, Mary
Labour
21 February 2019
Western, Matt
Labour
21 February 2019
Sobel, Alex
Labour
25 February 2019
Lucas, Caroline
Green Party
25 February 2019
Swinson, Jo
Liberal Democrat
27 February 2019
Doughty, Stephen
Labour
27 February 2019
George, Ruth
Labour
28 February 2019
Brown, Alan
Scottish National Party
11 March 2019
Brake, Tom
Liberal Democrat
19 March 2019
Daby, Janet
Labour
25 March 2019
Hendry, Drew
Scottish National Party
02 April 2019
Chapman, Douglas
Scottish National Party
03 May 2019
MacNeil, Angus Brendan
Scottish National Party
07 May 2019
Day, Martyn
Scottish National Party
20 May 2019
There are no withdrawn signatures for this Motion