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Niger/Saudi Arabia: Agreement Signed on Labor Recruitment

(Oct. 13, 2015) On September 30, 2015, Niger’s Minister of Labor, Employment, and Social Security, Salissou Ada, described the steps his country will take to implement an agreement between Niger and Saudi Arabia on recruitment of workers from Niger for jobs in Saudi Arabia. That agreement was concluded on June 5, at a meeting held […]

Saudi Arabia: Visit to Hospital Patients and Digging Graves in Lieu of Prison Term

(June 12, 2015) The Criminal Court in Jeddah Province, Saudi Arabia, substituted a novel punishment for a prison sentence against two young women and two young men by ordering the women to visit ten intensive care patients in one of the government hospitals and the men to dig five graves. The crime for which the […]

Saudi Arabia: Cyber-Crime Conviction

(Mar. 19, 2015) The Criminal Court of Qatif in Saudi Arabia recently convicted a 32-year-old woman on charges of defaming another Saudi citizen on the WhatsApp private messaging service and sentenced her to two months’ imprisonment, 70 lashes, and a fine of 20,000 riyals (about US$5,334). (Qatif: Imprisonment, Lashing, and Fine for a Woman in […]

Saudi Arabia: Women Not Allowed to Perform Notary Duties

(Nov. 14, 2014) Notaries public in Saudi Arabia are public employees under the Ministry of Justice, in accordance with article 73 and subsequent articles of the Judiciary Law issued by Royal Decree No. M/78 of 2007 (1428 Hijri). (Text of the Law [in Arabic] (Sept. 2, 2007), Bureau of Experts at the Council of Ministers […]

Saudi Arabia: Human Rights Lawyer Convicted Under Anti-Terror Law

(July 10, 2014) On July 6, 2014, the Specialized Criminal Court of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, convicted and sentenced Walid abu al-Kheir, a Saudi lawyer and human rights activist, to 15 years in prison, a fine of 200,000 Saudi riyals (about US$53,300), and a ban on travel abroad for another 15 years. The crimes he was […]

Saudi Arabia: Income Tax Rules Amended

(Apr. 30, 2014) On March 19, 2014, Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Finance amended several articles of a regulation issued under the country’s Income Tax Law, through Ministerial Resolution No. 1776. (Salah Gueydi, Saudi Arabia: Income Tax Executive Regulations Amended, TAX NEWS SERVICE (Apr. 25, 2014), International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation, online subscription database; Income Tax […]

Saudi Arabia: New Terrorism Law in Effect

(Feb. 4, 2014) Saudi Arabia’s new counterterrorism law, which was passed by the Saudi Council of Ministers on December 16, 2013, and later signed by King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, became effective on February 2, 2014. The law provides that any behavior can be characterized as terrorism if it undermines the state or society. It also […]

Indonesia; Saudi Arabia: Defense Cooperation Agreement Signed

(Jan. 29, 2014) On January 23, 2014, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia signed their first agreement on cooperation in defense matters. It was signed by Indonesia’s Sjafrie Sjamsoeddin, a retired Lieutenant General from the Defense Ministry, and the Saudi Deputy Defense Minister, Prince Salman bin Sultan Abdul Aziz Al Saud. The pact has provisions on military […]

Saudi Arabia: New Regulation on Protection Against Abuse

(Sept. 10, 2013) On August 26, 2013, the Council of Ministers of Saudi Arabia approved the Regulation to Protect Against Abuse, which has the force of law. A copy of the Regulation, in Arabic, is available on the website of the National Society of Human Rights in Saudi Arabia. Under article 1 of this Regulation, […]

Saudi Arabia: Draft Law to Punish Individuals Who Use Social Media to Attack Islam

(Aug. 1, 2012) On July 15, 2012, the Shura Council, also known as the Consultative Assembly, a body that advises the King of Saudi Arabia on legislative matters, announced that it is drafting a law to combat individuals who criticize Islam and Islamic law through the use of blogs, Twitter, and Facebook. The law will […]