» 04/16/2009, 00.00
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.
Christian girl, kidnapped and converted by Muslims, returned to family
The alleged conversion has been found to be invalid, because the girl is just 10 years old. But her sister, who was also kidnapped, has been judged to have married by her own will, because she is "more than 16 years old", although her relatives say she is only 13, and that they will appeal to the supreme court.
24/03/2009 SAUDI ARABIA
Religious police accused of torture by Saudi Society for Human Rights
A report for the kingdom's highest advisory body confirms cases of abuse of power, mistreatment, harassment, and, in some cases, the death of people under arrest. The new head of the muttawa is asked to give precise guidelines to the members of the Commission for Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice.
07/03/2007 SAUDI ARABIA
Saudi women discriminated against even in marriage with foreigners
Even if granted the elusive visa, husband and children remain non nationals, guests in their own country. Instead it is the men who transmit citizenship to wife and children. Experts: nothing to do with Islamic law but with a mentality closedto basic womenâ€™s rights.
11/03/2009 SAUDI ARABIA
Prison, whipping for 75-year-old widow: her nephew brought her bread
The poor woman is suspected of seducing two young men. She even risks being kicked out of the country. There are criticisms of abuse of power on the part of the religious police, who watch over the morality and behavior of citizens, gravely interfering in individuals' private lives.
A "fatwa" against Yemeni law setting minimum age for marriage
The norm sets the limit at the age of 17, but according to Islamic figures, this goes against Sharia, and therefore Parliament cannot legislate on the matter. Meanwhile, lawmakers have decided to delay by two years the political elections scheduled for April.
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