Female Saudi activists facing conditions akin to torture in jail, U.K. MPs say

Female Saudi activists facing conditions akin to torture in jail, U.K. MPs say

LONDON — Three British lawmakers on Monday endorsed reports that women activists detained in Saudi Arabia have been tortured, and said responsibility

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LONDON — Three British lawmakers on Monday endorsed reports that women activists detained in Saudi Arabia have been tortured, and said responsibility for what is likely a violation of international law could lie with “Saudi authorities at the highest level.”Story continues below

The conclusions of the panel indicate growing uneasiness among Western allies with alleged rights abuses under Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the kingdom’s de facto leader who already facing opprobrium over last year’s murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.READ MORE: Saudi’s jailing of women activists comes under U.K. scrutiny amid torture reportsA United Nations investigator is now leading an international inquiry into the murder, which has tarnished the crown prince’s standing in the West after he won accolades for seeking to ease social restrictions and end the country’s dependence on oil revenues.Those reforms have been accompanied by a crackdown on dissent, including the arrest of over a dozen women’s rights campaigners starting last May, most of whom had advocated for the right to drive and an end to the male guardianship system.WATCH: Khashoggi describes living under Saudi crown prince’s ‘chauvinist’ rule

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