Saudi Arabia's imprisoned activists: One year on
This time last year prominent women’s rights campaigners in Saudi Arabia were arrested and imprisoned, where are they now? Plus, living with borderline personality disorder.
This time last year prominent women’s rights campaigners in Saudi Arabia started to be arrested and imprisoned. In total there were 20 arrests, including some men who were their supporters. When the women appeared in court some of them said they’d been electrocuted, flogged and sexually harassed in prison, which the Saudi authorities deny. Recently, seven women including Aziza al-Yousef (pictured) have been released for trial. If they’re found guilty of charges related to their activism they’ll go back to prison. Rothna Begum joins us from Human Rights Watch.
As part of a BBC season about mental health we’ll be hearing from 29 year old Hannah who has a diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder. She tells Jo Morris about the intensive NHS-funded therapy which she thinks saved her life. And Hannah and her partner explain how BPD has affected their relationship.
And Jane is joined by neuroscientist Professor Sophie Scott, podcaster Tolani Shoneye and associate editor of the New Statesman Helen Lewis, to discuss some of the news stories of the week.