The lawyer of two Saudi Arabian sisters in Turkey has been fighting to prevent the women from being extradited to their own country, saying they will face violence if they return.
The sisters, Ashwaq Hamoud, 30, and Areej Hamoud, 28, said they fled Saudi Arabia in late February to Turkey to escape abuse from male family members, ranging from beatings to being locked in their room and deprived of food.
Turkish authorities detained the sisters on May 16 in Istanbul after their father notified Turkish authorities that his daughters had been “planning to join terrorist groups in Syria,” which was denied by the Hamoud sisters.
There is no known criminal investigation of the women by the Turkish authorities related to their father’s allegation.
Number of Women and Girls At Risk: 25,000
Status: Existing Legislation Needs Strengthening
Improve by adding: Prosecuting parents/guardian, felony offense