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Saudi Arabia: Supporters of detained women's rights activist Loujain al-Hathoul call for Dakar Rally boycott

Human rights activists and supports of detained women's rights activist Loujain al-Hathoul called for a boycott of the Saudi Arabia hosted Dakar Rally. The event, during which racers will pass close by the prison where al-Hathoul is held, has been accused of "sportswashing" -allowing Saudi Arabia to host a major sporting event to detract from its human rights record.

In January 2020, a letter signed by 13 human rights organisations, called on organiser Amaury sport Organisation to adopt a human rights policy.

Amaury Sport Organisation was contacted by The Guardian for comment, but did not respond.