Seven detainees reportedly include women who have long opposed the kingdom’s conservative rules, including guardianship laws

Saudi authorities have arrested seven prominent women’s rights advocates, just weeks before the kingdom’s longstanding driving ban on women is set to be lifted, Human Rights Watch said on Saturday.

While the reasons behind the arrests are not clear, activists told HRW that in September 2017, “the royal court had called the country’s prominent activists … and warned them not to speak to the media”.

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