Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia's male guardianship of women and policies of sex segregation stop women from enjoying their basic rights, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.
"Zahed, who prays regularly and wears a head scarf even when outside Saudi Arabia, said that nothing in Islam bans women from sports. "Our society just has to get used to it," she said."
On March 17, 2008, Alarabiya.net reported that the Saudi Shura Council has recommended allowing women to drive.
"A controversy erupted this week in Saudi Arabia when some scholars suggested that the top religious organization in the Kingdom, the Supreme Council of Scholars, should include women."
Two Saudi scholars have said there is nothing in Islamic law to prevent women from driving.
Saudi Arabia, which is strengthening human rights and initiating appropriate reforms and regulations, has invited members of the Human Rights Watch (HRW) on a week-long visit to the Kingdom.
Saudi women's rights activists have posted on the web a video of a woman at the wheel of her car, in protest at the ban on female drivers in the kingdom.
The Cassation Court in Riyadh has sent the case of a Sri Lankan maid, who was sentenced to death last year for allegedly murdering a four-month-old baby in her care, to the Supreme Judicial Council, the Kingdom’s final appeals court.
وكانت المحكمة في القريات، بتاريخ 2 أبريل/نيسان 2006 (3/3/1427) قد حكمت عليها بالإعدام بقطع الرأس جراء جرائم مزعومة "بعمل السحر والاستعانة بالجن وذبح" الحيوانا
"Falih later retracted her confession in court, claiming it was extracted under duress, and said that as an illiterate woman, she did not understand the document she was forced to fingerprint."
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