Demonstrators from Amnesty International stage protest on International Women’s day to urge Saudi authorities to release jailed women’s rights activists [File: Benoit Tessier/Reuters]

Washington, DC – A committee of the US House of Representatives has advanced a resolution condemning Saudi Arabia‘s imprisonment of 11 women’s rights activists facing trial for political activism.

The House Foreign Affairs Committee voted to approve and send to the House floor for consideration House Resolution 129 condemning Saudi imprisonment and abuse of female activists.

“We must continue to call on the Saudi government to release these women immediately,” said Representative Eliot Engel, Democrat chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

The resolution is sponsored in the House by Representatives Lois Frankel, a Democrat, and Ann Wagner, a Republican. It was approved

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