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Tell the State Department to Condemn the Detention of Women Drivers

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It seems the United States has no problem with Saudi Arabian women being arrested for driving a car.

Come again?

On Thursday, June 30, State Department spokesperson Mark C. Toner was grilled about the United States’ position on the arrest and detention of a number of Saudi women for driving during a State Department briefing.

But get this: the United States' representative to the outside world refused to condemn the arrests of women for simply driving a car!  

When a reporter asked “What do you make of the fact that the Saudi religious police are running around, plucking women out of cars?” the State Department spokesperson replied by framing the issue as “an internal matter for Saudi Arabia.”

When a reporter asked “Do you think that it’s a good thing that the Saudi religious police are taking women out of cars when they’re driving and arresting them?” the State Department spokesperson replied “This is an issue that Saudi Arabians are grappling with.”
 
Finally, when a reporter asked “You won’t come out and say that it’s a bad thing for the religious police to be detaining women who are driving?” the spokesperson replied. “I’ve given you the details as I know them.”

Does it make sense to anyone that the representatives of the United States to the outside world have nothing to say when asked if arresting women for driving is wrong?

This is an embarrassment to our country and an offense to women. It needs to be corrected immediately.

 

This petition was delivered to:
  • Senior Advisor on Development, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
    Steve Radelet
  • Chief Speechwriter and Policy Advisor, Office of Policy Planning
    Josh Daniel
  • Deputy Director, State Department Office of Human Rights
    Cari Enav
  • International Officer, State Department Office of Human Rights
    Dara Duncan-Lira
  • Womens Affairs Officer, State Department Office of Human Rights
    Linda Lum
  • Deputy Assistant Secretary, State Department
    Janet Ann Sanderson
  • Director, State Department Office of Arabian Peninsula Affairs
    Andrew Steinfeld
  • Deputy Director, State Department Office of Arabian Peninsula Affairs
    Linda Specht
  • Country Officer, State Department Office of Arabian Peninsula Affairs
    Josh Harris
  • Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs
    Philippe I. Reines
  • Deputy Director, Office of Press Relations
    Julie Reside
  • Press Officer, Department of State
    Andrew J Laine
  • Director, Office of Press Relations
    Mark Toner
  • Chief of Staff, Office of Policy Planning
    Janey Wright
  • Deputy Director, Office of Policy Planning
    Edward Lacey
  • Personal Assistant, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
    Claire Coleman
  • White House Liason, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
    Steven Diminuco
  • Deputy Secretary of State
    James Braidy Steinberg
  • Assistant Secretary for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor
    Michael Hoffman Posner
  • Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs
    Jeffrey T Feltman
  • Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women's Issues
    Melanne Verveer
  • Near East Specialist and Senior Policy Advisor, State Department GWI Office
    Diane E. Kelly
  • Public Affairs Advisor, State Department GWI Office
    Nicole R Conn
  • Senior Advisor, State Department Office of Global Women's Issues
    Steven Steiner
  • Executive Assistant, State Department Office of Global Women's Issues
    Valerie Patricia Keitt
  • Director, Office of Policy Planning
    Anne-Marie Slaughter
  • Principal Deputy Director, Office of Policy Planning
    Derek Chollet
  • Chief of Staff, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
    Cheryl Mills


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