Saudi Arabia

On March 17, 2008, 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."
Yakin Ertürk, UN Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women, hailed progress in Saudi Arabia on advancing the status of women but urged more action to prevent gender-based violence and raise their profile in public life.
Saudi Arabia should end the practice of polygamy because it runs counter to the principle of equality between the sexes, a U.N. committee on women's rights said Friday.
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