Saudi Arabia

In March 2002, fifteen girls died when Saudi religious police blocked rescue efforts and left victims to perish in a blazing school. But this time the sheikhs are being held to account and pressure for reform is growing.
Saudi Arabia, which is revamping its judicial system, is considering opening the legal profession to women so that they can deal with cases related exclusively to women.
Saudi Arabian authorities have confiscated thousands of full-length black cloaks for women for violating Sharia, a Saudi newspaper has reported.
Human Rights Watch call upon the Saudi authorities to conduct an independent, thorough and transparent investigation of the fire on 11 March at a girls' public intermediate school that claimed the lives of at least fourteen students.
On January 1, 2002, 'Ali bin Hittan bin Sa'id, Muhammad bin Suleyman bin Muhammad and Muhammad bin Khalil bin 'Abdullah, all Saudi Arabian nationals, were executed in Abha, Asir province, possibly solely for their sexual orientation.
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