At a virtual awards ceremony, Browder congratulated Loujain on her winning of the award for a prominent human rights activist. He wrote through his Twitter account: “Congratulations for receiving the Magnitsky Prize for your courageous work,” adding that “it is terrible that you cannot receive this (award) personally.”
Browder, a British businessman of American origin, noted that “the G20 summit will be held this week in Saudi Arabia,” saying that “no democratic leader should attend without asking his Saudi hosts to release Loujain! She has gone on hunger strike.” 21 days ago until now. ”
Loujain’s sister, Alia Al-Hathoul, said that the kingdom has become a “police state,” pointing out that “it has been nearly 3 years since Loujain was arrested, but we still hope that the world will not forget her, and he will continue to fight for her .. Thank you to the Magnitsky Prize Committee for immortalizing her name.”
While Lina Al-Hathloul wrote, on Twitter: “Congratulations, my love, and God willing, we celebrate your freedom soon.”
Thank you to the Magnitsky Committee for awarding my sister @LoujainHathloul the 2020 Magnitsky Human Rights Award 🌺
For her part, the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial executions, Agnes Callamard, said: “Like any others this evening, we have not met you before, what we know about you is your wonderful laugh, your boldness and your courage … what we know about you, the brutality of those who imprison you. …. just because I asked me to get in the car and to have gender equality. ”
Walujain, born in 1989, is a Saudi women’s rights activist. In 2014, she was arrested for the first time for attempting to cross the border between the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia while driving a car.
In May 2018, Loujain Al-Hathloul was arrested as part of a campaign of arrests of activists in Saudi Arabia, for reasons that are still unknown.
The awards are named after a Russian tax accountant, Sergey Magnitsky. Before his death in a Moscow prison in 2009, an investigation had revealed the theft of millions of dollars from the state treasury, but he was prosecuted and accused of theft and fraud.
The Magnitsky Awards began in 2015 as a way to honor journalists, politicians and human rights activists.
The awards were founded by businessman Bill Broder, who is campaigning for justice for his friend Magnitsky. His efforts were successful in the US Congress passing legislation named the Magnitsky Act. America can use it to prosecute foreign officials involved in human rights cases.