» 03/03/2009, 00.00
Lingerie as a weapon in the fight for Saudi reforms
A campaign underway to lift ban on women working in lingerie stores puts the spotlight on reforms in the kingdom. In February Saudi king made major changes to powerful institutions, replacing ultra-conservative figures. Some people dubbed the changes as a “bold reform”; others see them instead as a way to reassert the central role of the state. Ultraconservatives are mobilising against TV stations owned by members of the ruling family.
22/06/2007 SAUDI ARABIA
For the first time charges laid against religious police agents
Mutawwa'în agents are involved in the death of a detained man, whose death was officially ruled for natural causes. Probe into the death of another man is also underway, beaten to death for alcohol possession according to his father.
26/06/2007 SAUDI ARABIA
One acquittal and more charges against Saudi religious police
Media coverage of cases involving illegal activities by the Mutawwa'în seems to indicate that something is happening to hitherto unchecked power of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice.
09/06/2009 SAUDI ARABIA
Despite fundamentalist anger Saudis go to the movies for the first time in 30 years
With a mob of angry extremists outside the movie theatre calling for ‘divine punishment’, an all-male audience watches ‘Menahi’, a movie produced by a nephew of King Abdullah. For the Saudis it is the first step in a peaceful revolution.
18/06/2008 SAUDI ARABIA
Riyadh announces plan to rehabilitate inmates
Interior Ministry illustrate plan in response to concerns voiced by the Saudi National Human Rights Society on prison conditions.
26/03/2009 SAUDI ARABIA
Cinema and theatre contrary to Islam, says Saudi grand mufti
Such activities distract people from their work and prevent them from achieving professional success. Saudi society is increasingly showing signs of strains between a very conservative religious leadership and youth who want greater openness and freedom. In eight days more than 25,000 Saudis attend screening of Saudi-made comedy.
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