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    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 […]
    • Contributor: Saliba, Issam
    • Date: 2007-11-02
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    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 […]
    • Contributor: Saliba, Issam
    • Date: 2015-03-19
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    Saudi Arabia: The Municipality Election (Apr. 18, 2011) On March 23, 2011, the Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs of Saudi Arabia announced that the municipal elections in that country will begin with the voter registration process scheduled for April 23 through May 19. The election will take place on September 22, 2011. This is the second municipal election that […]
    • Contributor: Sadek, George
    • Date: 2011-04-18
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    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 […]
    • Contributor: Johnson, Constance
    • Date: 2014-04-30
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    Saudi Arabia: Poet Sentenced to Death (Dec. 7, 2015) On November 17, 2015, the Sharia General Court of Abha (a city in the southwest region of Saudi Arabia) found Ashraf Fayadh, a poet, guilty of blasphemy and apostasy. The Court sentenced him to the death penalty. (Angus McDowall, Saudi Arabian Court Sentences Palestinian Poet Ashraf Fayadh to Death for Apostasy, INDEPENDENT […]
    • Contributor: Sadek, George
    • Date: 2015-12-07
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    Saudi Arabia: Arrest of Woman for Driving (June 2, 2011) Manal al-Sharif, a Saudi woman, was arrested in Dammam on May 21, 2011, for posting a clip on YouTube showing her driving a car. Dammam is the largest city of the oil-rich Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia. The Saudi authorities held a press conference the same day to address the issue of […]
    • Contributor: Saliba, Issam
    • Date: 2011-06-02
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    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 […]
    • Contributor: Johnson, Constance
    • Date: 2014-01-29
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    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 […]
    • Contributor: Saliba, Issam
    • Date: 2008-05-02
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    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 […]
    • Contributor: Johnson, Constance
    • Date: 2014-02-04
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    Saudi Arabia: Religious Decree Forbids Chess (Jan. 28, 2016) On January 21, 2016, Sheikh Abdulaziz al-Sheikh, the Grand Mufti, of the Sunni sect of Islam, who represents the formal religious institution of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, issued a religious decree to ban the game of chess. He stated that he had issued the fatwa forbidding chess because it is like […]
    • Contributor: Sadek, George
    • Date: 2016-01-28
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    Saudi Arabia: Regulation Establishes New Type of Visa (Nov. 29, 2019) On October 11, 2019, The Saudi Commission for Tourism & National Heritage (SCTNH) issued Regulation No. 4800, which establishes a new type of visa in Saudi Arabia called the “Tourist Visa.” The entry tourist visa allows citizens from 51 countries cited on the E-Visa of Saudi Arabia website to enter Saudi Arabia […]
    • Contributor: Sadek, George
    • Date: 2019-11-29
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    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 […]
    • Contributor: Saliba, Issam
    • Date: 2013-09-10
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    Malaysia; Saudi Arabia: Journalist Deported to Face Blasphemy Charges (Feb. 17, 2012) On February 9, 2012, the police in Malaysia detained a journalist from Saudi Arabia, Hamza Kashgari; on February 12 he was sent back to Saudi Arabia. Kashgari had landed at the international airport at Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, and the detention was pursuant to a request made through Interpol by the Saudi […]
    • Contributor: Johnson, Constance
    • Date: 2012-02-17
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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 […]
    • Contributor: Johnson, Constance
    • Date: 2015-10-13
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    Saudi Arabia: King Overturns a Woman's Lashing Sentence (Oct. 4, 2011) On September 29, 2011, the King of Saudi Arabia granted a reprieve to a female driver who had been sentenced by a Saudi court to the punishment of ten lashes. The court had found the woman guilty of challenging the ban imposed on women drivers. Traffic regulations in Saudi Arabia prohibit women […]
    • Contributor: Sadek, George
    • Date: 2011-10-04
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    Egypt/Saudi Arabia: Egyptian Parliament Ratifies Maritime Border Demarcation Agreement (June 26, 2017) On June 14, 2017, in a general session, the Egyptian Council of Representatives (the parliament) ratified the maritime border demarcation agreement between Egypt and Saudi Arabia. Based on this bilateral agreement, Egypt will cede its territorial rights to two Red Sea islands (Tiran and Sanfair) to Saudi Arabia. (Egypt Parliament to Vote […]
    • Contributor: Sadek, George
    • Date: 2017-06-26
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    Saudi Arabia: New Law Regulating Family Matters Promulgated On March 9, 2022, the king of Saudi Arabia, Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud, issued Royal Decree No. M/73 (the decree), promulgating the first legal instrument to regulate family matters in the kingdom (the legislation). In addition, the decree includes a provision mandating 18 years as the minimum age of consent for both men and women. … Continue reading “Saudi Arabia: New Law Regulating Family...
    • Contributor: Sadek, George
    • Date: 2022-07-17
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    Netherlands: Ban on Arms Exports to Saudi Arabia (Apr. 1, 2016) On March 15, 2016, the Dutch Parliament adopted a motion urging the government to ban weapons exports to Saudi Arabia. The motion was based in part on Saudi Arabia’s violations of international humanitarian law in Yemen, including those described in the January 22, 2016, report of the UN Panel of Experts on Yemen.  […]
    • Contributor: Zeldin, Wendy
    • Date: 2016-04-01
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    Egypt: Repeal of Maritime Demarcation Agreement with Saudi Arabia (June 23, 2016) On June 21, 2016, the Egyptian Administrative Court rendered a decision nullifying the recent maritime agreement reached between Saudi Arabia and Egypt.  The agreement, which was drawn up in April 2016, allowed the ceding of the Red Sea islands of Tiran and Sanafir to Saudi Arabia.  The Saudi Shura Council and the Egyptian […]
    • Contributor: Sadek, George
    • Date: 2016-06-23
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    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. […]
    • Contributor: Saliba, Issam
    • Date: 2007-12-02
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    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 […]
    • Contributor: Saliba, Issam
    • Date: 2008-03-02
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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 […]
    • Contributor: Saliba, Issam
    • Date: 2009-05-06
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    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 […]
    • Contributor: Saliba, Issam
    • Date: 2014-07-10
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    Saudi Arabia: Journalist Sentenced to Seven Years of Imprisonment (Feb. 7, 2017) On January 26, 2017, a Saudi journalist was sentenced to seven years in prison after a Saudi Arabian court convicted him of committing crimes against the national security of the state.  (Saudi Writer Jailed for Seven Years, KUWAIT TIMES (Jan. 26, 2017).)  The Criminal Court of Riyadh, which is a specialized court […]
    • Contributor: Sadek, George
    • Date: 2017-02-07
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    Saudi Arabia: 32 People on Trial for Treason and Spying (Feb. 29, 2016) On February 21, 2016, the Specialized Criminal Court in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, began the trial of a group of 30 Saudis, an Afghani, and an Iranian on charges of treason and spying for Iran. The accused were allegedly in direct contact with the Iranian Intelligence Services, and some of them are said […]
    • Contributor: Saliba, Issam
    • Date: 2016-02-29