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Thursday, 14 February 2019 - Strasbourg Revised edition

Women's rights defenders in Saudi Arabia

  Jill Seymour, on behalf of the EFDD Group. – Mr President, we are all too aware of the atrocious treatment of women in Saudi Arabia. I will say that there have been some token relaxations of their situation, such as the right to drive, but women are still second—class citizens, deprived of even the most basic control of their lives. This is completely and utterly unacceptable. There have even been reports of right—to—drive activists being tortured.

It is an absolute travesty that we have to stand here, in the 21st century, discussing such medieval treatment of women and the denial of their basic rights. If the Saudi Government wishes to have a good working relationship with the Western countries, including the UK, then they need to treat women by the internationally recognised standards.

Last updated: 5 July 2019Legal notice