PARIS – Paris Francophone Institute for Freedoms today welcomed the decision by Saudi Arabia to allow women to drive cars from Sunday while insisting that there are a lot of intensive boundaries on women’s rights in the kingdom should be lifted right away.
Paris Institute, an international human rights organization, said in a press statement that giving Saudi women the right to drive was a victory. Thus, other rights were still banned in a policy of discrimination which was intolerable for many years.
Saudi women are still banned from getting a passport (or traveling abroad) without the consent of their guardian, and they do not have the freedom to marry. Women have to obtain permission from their guardian
Furthermore, women in Saudi Arabia are prohibited from opening a bank account without the guardian’s permission, and they are forbidden from mingling with males. Saudi authorities have largely ignored the fundamental human rights demand of Saudi women to overthrow the state regime as to obtain their rights.
Paris Francophone institute said that ending the driving ban was a great victory for Saudi women, who have bravely faced the systematic discrimination against them for decades. Other restrictions that discriminate between women and men including requiring a male relative to obtain a passport or travel still exist.
The institute stressed that Saudi Arabia must demonstrate its seriousness with regard to women’s rights by immediately lift the authority of men and must release women activists without any legal basis, such as Lujain Al-Hathul, Iman Al-Nafjan, Aziza al-Yousef and Aisha Al-Mane who were arrested in May because of their demands to bring down the state regime.