» 08/07/2008, 00.00
Marriage between 11-year-old boy and 10-year-old girl puts the spotlight on child marriage
Supporters of the practice argue that marriage takes place in two phases; first comes the agreement, then after puberty the brides moves in with her husband. Opponents stress that a woman’s consent is paramount; they demand a law to regulate the matter.
07/10/2010 SAUDI ARABIA
Saudi human rights groups against the marriage between a child bride and a 50-year-old man
The country’s human rights commission reiterates the need for a minimum age for marriage. The Shura Council, the kingdom’s consultative assembly, tells its committee dealing with social affairs, family and youth to study the issue and file a report to the council for discussion.
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.
16/04/2009 SAUDI ARABIA
Saudi court confirms validity of marriage for eight-year-old girl
Criticisms from UNICEF and the U.S. State Department. The Riyadh justice minister himself says that he wants to put an end to the arbitrary power of parents who arrange marriages for minor children, but does not mention any ban.
Two Muslims accused of blasphemy murdered in two days
The first victim is an imam accused of burning some pages of the Qur'an. The other is a man accused of uttering blasphemous words during an altercation with a lorry driver and was murdered near a courthouse.
16/02/2017 14:31:00 UNITED KINGDOM – SAUDI ARABIA
Arms sales to Saudi Arabia and victims in Yemen put London on trial
The High Court has started a review of arms sale to Saudi Arabia that allegedly led to civilian casualties in Yemen. A growing number of UK lawmakers are calling for a review of the contract. For 62 per cent of Britons, arms sales to the Saudis is "unacceptable".
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