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Saudi Arabian women take to Twitter to campaign against male guardianship


Women across Saudi Arabia have joined a social media campaign calling for the end of the guardianship system. People took to Twitter, using the hashtag #TogetherToEndMaleGuardianship, to show their support and demand social reform. Currently women are not allowed to make major lifestyle decisions without the permission of their male guardians. The prohibition covers issues such as travelling abroad, getting married and wanting to work. ...

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Saudis ‘lied to UN’ over sentencing juveniles to death


Saudi Arabia has been accused of lying to the United Nations after it told a committee on children’s rights that it does not sentence juveniles to death. Saudi Arabia’s oral testimony to the committee in Geneva runs contrary to its written evidence, which admits that minors can be sentenced to death for several offences under Islamic law. It also contradicts ...

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Thousands of Saudis sign petition to end male guardianship of women


Thousands of Saudis have signed an online petition calling for the government to abolish the country’s guardianship system, which prevents women from engaging in fundamental tasks without the permission of a male relative. “Women should be treated as a full citizen,” said activist Aziza Al-Yousef who, along with other activists, has been fighting against the guardianship system for a decade. ...

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The women tweeting for their freedom in Saudi Arabia


Editor’s note: The names of the women featured in this report have been changed to protect their identities. “I’m a dead soul in a living body and I hope that doesn’t happen to my little sister,” Sara, a Saudi woman, tells CNN. Sara is one of a growing number of Saudi women who are challenging the country’s male guardianship system ...

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Atheist jailed 10 years and given 2,000 lashes for Tweeting


A court in Saudi Arabia has sentenced a man to ten years in prison and 2,000 lashes for expressing his atheism on Twitter. The 28-year-old reportedly refused to repent, insisting what he wrote reflected his beliefs and that he had the right to express them. The hardline Islamic state has a law defining atheist beliefs as ‘terrorism’. Read more:Dilma Rousseff impeached by Brazilian ...

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Saudi Arabia cannot pay its workers or bills – yet continues to fund a war in Yemen


Almost exactly a year after Salman bin Albdulaziz Al Saud, king of Saudi Arabia, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and head of the House of Saud, hurriedly left his millionaire’s mansion near Cannes with his 1,000 servants to continue his vacation in Morocco, the kingdom’s cash is not flowing so smoothly for the tens of thousands of sub-continental expatriates ...

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Expatriate Pakistanis struggle as Saudi construction firm holds wages


KARACHI: Thousands of Pakistani labourers working in Saudi Arabia fear arrest and hardship as they continue to work in the country with unpaid salaries and expired work permits. “We rush back to our quarters immediately after work,” one worker tells Dawn in a telephone interview. “We are too scared of the police to step outside.” At least 100 workers were ...

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#StopEnslavingSaudiWomen puts new face on Saudi women’s rights


It’s a testament to the tenaciousness and fearlessness of Saudi women that women’s rights campaigns repeatedly resurface in a country with nearly no freedom of speech to speak of. The odds are stacked against them, with barriers for gender equality arguably higher than in any other country. We think this Cartoon perfectly captures the situation: Strong women in Saudi be ...

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Saudi private sector must employ 4.1m citizens by 2030


JEDDAH — Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 seeks to employ millions of Saudi nationals in an expanding private sector. Research by Oxford Strategic Consulting (Oxford) found that to accomplish this goal, the private sector will need to employ 2.5 million more Saudis than are currently employed in the sector. Developing world-class HR can facilitate this massive human capital influx into the ...

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Thousands of jobless Asians stranded in Saudi Arabia


Thousands of jobless Indians, Filipinos and Pakistanis are stranded and destitute in Saudi Arabia after a plunge in oil prices sparked construction layoffs, activists and officials said Tuesday (Aug 2). Some Filipinos are forced to beg or sift through garbage to survive after going unpaid for months, said Garry Martinez, chairman of the Migrante group which works for the millions ...

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