The sisters are confined because of their belief that women in Saudi Arabia should be free. The 89-year-old king responded to this by confining the daughters and forbidding any man to seek their hand in marriage.
Princess Sahar’s Twitter account
is filled with information in English and Arabic about their confinement, human rights, and photos encouraging resistance to her father’s regime.
Sahar gave an impassioned plea to her countrymen via a video in which she says
We promise to follow in your footsteps and not to let go of your hands. God’s hand will be above us. We learn determination from Ayatollah Nimr al-Nimr, the Sheikh of free men. For this reason, we will press ahead on the path by our own will.
Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr has been in Saudi custody since 2012. He was wounded during his arrest. A Saudi prosecutor asked
for the death penalty saying al-Nimr aided terrorists and accused him of “instigating unrest.” The Sheikh has been an outspoken critic of the regime and has demanded the release of political prisoners. A Facebook page
has been set up to request his release.
The 42-year-old princess closed her video by saying
we will become victorious with faith in God. Good luck, you who have honored us by raising the flags of freedom. Your sisters, Sahar and Jawahir,
The princesses have been confined for 13 years. Their mother, Alanoud Al Fayezfled, fled Saudi Arabia years ago and currently resides in London. She told the New York Post
that her daughters are
compassionate about the plight of women in Saudi Arabia and throughout the Arab world. The injustices that we see are terrible, and someone must say something.
If the government wished, the video could be used to condemn the Princess to death.