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Saudi women to cover “tempting” eyes
Religious police issues order following fight between one of its officers and the husband of a woman after the former told her to cover her eyes. If confirmed, the step would mark a step backward compared to King Abdallah’s cautious overtures.
24/05/2008 SAUDI ARABIA
A film festival in a land without movie theatres
The event marks a significant step in Saudi Arabia where movie theatres are banned and DVDs are censored. Unusually for a place like Saudi Arabia, men and women were in the same hall, albeit separated by a glass partition.
12/02/2008 SAUDI ARABIA
Saudi Arabia: red roses forbidden in the run up to St Valentines
The holiday dedicated to love is giving rise to uproar across the Middle East and in Riyadh religious police have forbidden florists to sell gifts which are red in colour.
25/09/2009 SAUDI ARABIA
First Saudi university to allow men and women together
The new King Abdullah University of Science and Technology opens in a town not far from Jeddah. According to the university’s charter, Saudi Arabia’s religious police will not be allowed to operate on its premises but women will be allowed to drive. By next year, 817 students from 61 countries should be enrolled.
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.
19/02/2008 SAUDI ARABIA
Saudi religious police stands by arrest of a woman in a café with male colleague
News that Yara, a businesswoman raised in the United States, was arrested in early February made the headlines across the world. Saudi newspapers also criticised her treatment, but the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice strongly defends the reasons for her detention.
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