30-Year Jail Term for Saudi Woman Criticizing Neom Megacity Project

  • Fatima al-Shawarbi, a Saudi woman, was sentenced to 30 years in jail for criticizing on social media the displacement of people in relation to the Neom megacity project.
  • Activist group ALQST disclosed the information, noting that al-Shawarbi was also critical of the kingdom’s treatment of women and its system of absolute rule.
  • Despite human rights criticism and accusations of rights violations, Saudi Arabia continues to draw Western investments into the Neom project.
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