Saudi Arabia

Le grand mufti d’Arabie saoudite a vivement critiqué lundi les islamistes saoudiens se rendant à l’étranger au nom du jihad (guerre sainte), estimant que leur action était préjudiciable à l’islam.
A group of Saudi women plan to give a petition to the government asking to be allowed to drive cars. The organizers say the petition would be sent to the government on Sept. 23, the Saudi National Day.
Security officers at the gates of Riyadh's Diplomatic Quarter (DQ) are turning back Saudi females who are not accompanied by their male guardians.
A Nigerian convert to Islam was jailed in Saudi Arabia after he helped a sick 63-year-old woman and was then accused by religious police of immoral behaviour, a newspaper reported on Monday [August 6].
"Muslim scholars should speak out to enlighten the faithful about the true teachings of Islam and promote Islamic principles of peace, tolerance and moderation in order to allow Muslims to coexist peacefully with the rest of the world."
Saudi authorities have ordered banks to separate female and male workers at their headquarters in a new setback for women's rights in the conservative kingdom.
Crown Prince Sultan yesterday announced plans to allocate one third of government jobs to Saudi women and to create additional job opportunities for them.
The Ministry of Social Affairs will establish a center to receive complaints about domestic violence and follow up such cases round the clock, said Awad Al-Radadi, deputy minister for social care and development, according to the Saudi Press Agency.
As part of its initiative to promote job opportunities for Saudi women, a Riyadh-based women-only company is acting as an employment bureau for Saudi women.
At a recent forum looking at the role of Saudi women in the year 2020, the discussions were candid, the potential was exciting and the reality often disturbing.
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