I missed it last week when it came across the wires.
Perhaps you did as well.
It’s a story that bears repeating.
It involves a person who lived among us here in Canada from 2009 to 2013 as she was majoring in French at the University of British Columbia.
Her name is Loujain al-Hathloul.
She’s in prison in Saudi Arabia at the moment.
Her crime: trying to push her country forward, as an advocate for human rights.
The result: prison–again–in 2018 as part of a crackdown on government critics.
When authorities announced “reforms” last month, al-Hathloul, along with more than a few other reformers, remained in prison.
Her family says authorities told her she could leave if she would agree to make a video clearing her torturers.
After initially agreeing to sign a document denying the torture, the video was a line al-Hathloul refused to cross.
“When the state security asked her to sign the document for the video release, she immediately ripped the document,” her brother Walid al-Hathloul, who lives in Canada, wrote on Twitter.
“She told them by asking me to sign this document you are involved in the cover up and you’re simply trying (to) defend Saud Al-Qahtani who was overseeing the torture.”
Jacqueline Hansen is Amnesty International Canada’s Major Campaigns and Women’s Rights Campaigner, whose work covers a wide range of human rights concerns in Canada and internationally.
I spoke with her by phone Monday at her office in Ottawa.Listen