Samar Badawi, human rights advocate and sister of jailed Saudi blogger Raif Badawi, was arrested by Saudi authorities and briefly detained in the same prison as her brother, according to activists and family members. Samar Badawi, who received an International Woman of Courage Award from the U.S. State Department in 2012 for her work for women’s rights in Saudi Arabia, is said to have been arrested for operating a Twitter account that advocates for the release of her former husband, Waleed Abu al-Khair, and for publishing a photo showing him in jail. Abu al-Khair is a human rights lawyer serving a 15-year sentence, in part for defending Raif Badawi, who was recently sentenced to 10 years and 1000 lashes himself for insulting Islam and criticizing the Saudi government. In a statement, Amnesty International said the arrest of Samar was “the latest example of Saudi Arabia’s utter contempt for its human rights obligations and provides further damning proof of the authorities’ intent to suppress all signs of peaceful dissent.”
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