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Written Questions on the case of Souad Al-Shammary in Saudi Arabia

Souad Al-Shammary Today, Marietje Schaake will submit to the High Representative of Foreign Affairs, Mogherini, written questions on the case of Souad Al-Shammary in Saudi Arabia. Author: Marietje Schaake Subject: The case of Souad Al-Shammary in Saudi Arabia  On October 28, authorities of Saudi Arabia arrested Souad Al-Shammary, after she was summoned to a hearing against her at the Investigation Body and Public Attorney Building in Jeddah. The investigation was initiated after a number of clergy and religious personalities submitted a complaint on the accusation of 'insulting Islam.' The controversy that led to her arrest stems from a posting on Twitter. The prosecutor has accused her with numerous charges including calling for women's liberation and rebellion and demanding the separation of society from religion. Al-Shammary is the co-founder of the Saudi Liberal Network [1] and is a prominent campaigner for women's rights. 1. Is the VP/HR aware of the arrest of Souad Al-Shammary, and if so, how does she asses it? 2. What has the VP/HR and/or EEAS done to address this case, and how do they tend to move forward in the future, to push for the immediate and unconditional release of Souad Al-Shammary? 3. What action has the VP/HR and/or EEAS undertaken to address the human rights situation in Saudi Arabia, as addressed and recommended in resolution P7_TA-PROV(2014)0207 of the European Parliament that was adopted on 11 March 2014? [1] Together with Raif Badawi, who is serving a 10 year prison sentence, see written question submitted on 26 September 2014. Cosigned by: TELIČKA,  Pavel (ALDE) DEMESMAEKER, Mark (ECR) TREMOSA i BALCELLS, Ramon (ALDE) CORRAO, Ignazio (EFDD) SMITH, Alyn (VERTS) MAURA BARANDIARÁN, Fernando (ALDE) DEPREZ, Gérard (ALDE) BILBAO BARANDICA, Izaskun (ALDE) NART, Javier (ALDE) IN 'T VELD, Sophie (ALDE) VAJGL, Ivo (ALDE) LOCHBIHLER, Barbara (VERTS) GIRAUTA VIDAL, Juan Carlos (ALDE) RADOŠ, Jozo (ALDE) WEIDENHOLZER, Josef (S&D) GOMES, Ana (S&D) AUSTREVICIUS, Petras (ALDE) WQ-souad-al-shammary v2