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Loujain Al-Hathloul’s Story of Transnational Repression

“She was staying at some hotel, which was basically a torture facility.” Lina Al-Hathloul describes how the Saudi regime reached across borders to kidnap and torture her sister Loujain, a prominent Saudi women’s rights activist. Transnational repression is when governments reach into other countries to silence activists and dissent through violence and intimidation. Repressive actions against everyday citizens like Loujain present a dangerous threat to human freedom and security around the world.