Saudi woman gets lashes for driving

This video says about itself:

30 October 2009

Bernard Hammelburg being interviewed by Davion Ford about the barbaric and medieval sentences in Saudi Arabia.

That the Saudi Arabian royal dictatorship recently made at least a symbolic concession to the women’s movement and the “Arab Spring” by at last allowing women to vote (for councils that lack real power) does not mean that the United States-allied Saudi monarchy is no longer a tyranny.

From the BBC today:

Saudi woman to be lashed for defying driving ban

A court in Saudi Arabia has sentenced a woman to 10 lashes for breaking the country’s ban on female drivers.

The woman, identified only as Shema, was found guilty of driving in Jeddah in July.

Women2drive, which campaigns for women to be allowed to drive in Saudi Arabia, says she has already lodged an appeal.

In recent months, scores of women have driven vehicles in Saudi cities in an effort to put pressure on the monarchy to change the law.

The sentence comes two days after the Saudi leader King Abdullah announced women would be allowed to vote for the first time in 2015.

Two other women are due to appear in court later this year on similar charges, correspondents say.

The name of the woman condemned to being flogged is Shaima Ghassaniya, according to this report.

Saudi woman driver vows to appeal flogging sentence: here.

Saudi king says women can have the vote—just not quite yet: here.

Saudi woman ‘spared lashing’ in driving case: here.

Mecca for the rich: Islam’s holiest site ‘turning into Vegas’. Historic and culturally important landmarks are being destroyed to make way for luxury hotels and malls, reports Jerome Taylor: here.

Time to change US policy toward Saudi Arabia: here.

12 thoughts on “Saudi woman gets lashes for driving

  1. Saudi king ‘revokes’ woman driver’s lashing sentence

    By AFP

    Published: September 28, 2011

    JEDDAH: Saudi King Abdullah has revoked a sentence of 10 lashes imposed on a woman for breaking the ban on women driving in the conservative kingdom, a Saudi princess said Wednesday on her Twitter account.

    “Thank God, the lashing of Sheima is cancelled. Thanks to our beloved King. I’m sure all Saudi women will be so happy, I know I am,” said Princess Amira al-Taweel, wife of billionaire Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal.

    “In tough times we stand together; in good times we celebrate together,” the princess said. “I’m proud to be Saudi. To all Active Saudi women thank u for ur efforts.”

    Sheima Jastaniah was sentenced on Monday by a court in the Red Sea city of Jeddah, where she was caught driving in July, a rights activist said.

    “We were shocked yesterday (Monday) that she was sentenced to 10 lashes,” the activist said, adding Jastaniah would appeal the verdict.

    The sentence came a day after the king announced women would be allowed to vote and to run in municipal polls, and to join the all-appointed Shura (consultative) Council, a first in a country that imposes many restrictions on women.

    Amnesty International condemned the sentence, saying it demonstrated the “scale of discrimination against women in the kingdom.”


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