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Saudi Arabia: Marriage of an Eight-Year-Old Girl Annulled

(May 6, 2009) On May 1, 2009, it was reported that an arranged marriage in Saudi Arabia between a man in his fifties and a girl aged eight ended through a settlement brokered by a judge after protracted negotiations conducted between the girl's lawyer and the husband. The Shura Council, a legislative consultative body that […]

Saudi Arabia: Resolution Passed to Assist Children Suffering from Attention Deficit Disorder

(Mar. 16, 2009) The Council of Ministers of Saudi Arabia has issued Resolution 35/50 on assisting children who suffer from Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). The Resolution is considered a landmark law in the field of children's health. The newly issued Resolution promotes the creation of more children's clinics and health centers specialized in combating ADD. […]

Saudi Arabia: Rights of the Accused

(May 2, 2008) The National Association for Human Rights in Saudi Arabia published a booklet in Arabic titled Know Your Rights, to inform people of their rights guaranteed under the Criminal Procedure Law issued by a royal decree on August 22, 2006. The booklet refers to 39 legal rights that an accused has in cases […]

Saudi Arabia: Woman Arrested for Having Coffee with Colleague

(Mar. 2, 2008) On February 4, 2008, Yara, a female financial consultant for a company in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, was arrested by agents of the official Saudi Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice. Her crime was being in a Starbucks café with a male colleague while waiting for the electric power […]

Saudi Arabia: Rape Victim Sentenced to 200 Lashes

(Dec. 2, 2007) An appeals court in Saudi Arabia has doubled the sentence to 200 lashes and six months in prison for a Saudi woman who was gang-raped. The crime for which the woman was sentenced was that of being in a car driven by a person not related to her when the rape occurred. […]

Saudi Arabia: Succession Rules

(Nov. 2, 2007) On October 8, 2007, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia issued by-laws governing the work of the political body Haiat al-Baiat (Allegiance Commission), set up last year to help streamline the process of succession to the throne. The Commission will comprise the sons of King Abdulaziz Al-Saud, the founder of Saudi Arabia. If […]