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Saudi King Salman Moves to Improve Women’s Rights with Sexual Harassment Law Human Rights 

Saudi King Salman Moves to Improve Women’s Rights with Sexual Harassment Law

Saudi Arabia (Sputnik) – Following his decree to lift the ban on female drivers, Saudi Arabia’s King Salman Bin Abdulaziz called for officials on Thursday to draft a law criminalizing sexual harassment. “Considering the dangers sexual harassment poses and its negative impact on the individual, the family and society, along with its contradiction of Islamic principles, our customs and traditions,” the royal decree reads, “the ministry shall prepare a draft law to tackle sexual harassment.” The statement goes on to indicate the draft will outline specific “penalties that categorically prohibit such acts and deter anyone who feels tempted to commit them.” Per the Arab News, Read More

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The Biggest Impediment to Saudi Women Was Never the Driving Ban Featured Human Rights 

The Biggest Impediment to Saudi Women Was Never the Driving Ban

Saudi Arabia (FPIF) – No matter their age, Saudi women are treated like minors — to the point that many require permission from their sons to work, study, or travel. It looks like 27 years of protesting, along with international pressure and government recognition that it needs more Saudi women in the workforce, has finally paid off. In a royal decree, Saudi King Salman announced on September 26 that Saudi women, who have long been the only women in the world banned from driving, will have that right as of June 2018. The move brings Saudi Arabia a step closer Read More

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The Saudi Dress Code Debacle Human Rights 

The Saudi Dress Code Debacle

Saudi Arabia (HRW) – Interrogation of Woman Who Wore Skirt in Snapchat Video Sparks Anger A woman named Khulood was interrogated yesterday in Riyadh and handed over for prosecution. Her transgression? Wearing “indecent” clothing. But the same night, Saudi authorities released her without charge. A brief Snapchat video of Khulood appeared over the weekend with her in a short skirt and top which revealed her partial midriff as she walked through the Heritage Village of Ushayqir, 100 miles north of Riyadh. Authorities in Saudi Arabia, which has a strict dress code – women must wear a loose black garment called an abaya and Read More

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