Monday, 9 January 2017

Saudi Women

The Independent reports that Saudi authorities have jailed a man for a year for the 'crime' of speaking out against the country's indefensible male guardianship laws. 

Read the full story via the link below to The Independent.

Saudi Arabia jails man for a year after he publically called for end of male control over women

Man said he launched campaign after finding some 'female relatives were facing injustice at the hands of their families'

By Samuel Osborne - The Independent

Under Saudi law all women must have a male guardian who gives them permission to study, travel abroad or marry AFP

A Saudi man has been jailed for a year after he called for an end to the ultra-conservative Islamic kingdom's male guardianship system.

The unnamed man was also fined 30,000 riyals (£6,500) after being convicted of "inciting to end guardianship of women", the daily Okaz newspaper reported.

He was arrested while putting up posters inside mosques which called for the government to abolish strict rules giving men control over women.

The man admitted to pinning up posters in several mosques and said he solely launched an "awareness campaign" after finding some "female relatives were facing injustice at the hands of their families," the daily newspaper said, according to the AFP news agency.

Second Class Citizens (07/01/17)

Here's another Human Rights Watch video which highlights the vile nature of male guardianship laws in Saudi Arabia.


Human Rights Watch (01/01/17)

Human Rights Watch reports from Saudi Arabia and highlights one of the many problems faced by women under the country's male guardianship laws.