Kingdom demands all-out support for Syria fighters

Updated 29 September 2013
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Kingdom demands all-out support for Syria fighters

Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal has said that increased political, economic and military support to the Syrian opposition could bring about a change in the balance of power on the ground and help in finding a political solution to the country’s problems.
Prince Saud said that any increase in support would help the opposition defend the people from suppression by the regime of Bashar Assad. He was speaking during a meeting of the Group of Friends of Syrian People on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly meeting.
He stressed the need to document the US-Russian agreement on the resolution passed on Syria at the Security Council under Chapter VII of the UN Charter.
“This will require the Syrian regime, which has lost its legitimacy, to comply with the agreement and not exploit it to gain time to continue torturing the Syrian people,” he said.
The prince expressed concern at the apathy of the international community toward the suffering of the Syrian people and hoped that the regime’s gassing of civilians would mobilize the international community to act.
“The Syrian regime’s murder of 140,000 of its own citizens using missiles, bombs and aircraft was not enough to spur the international community into action. Instead, it waited until internationally-banned poisonous gases were used, which caused the deaths of more than 1,400 people, mostly women and children, to accuse the regime of committing crimes against humanity. I hope that the latest act leads to the international community deterring this regime from committing more crimes,” the prince said.
He said the Syrian regime had crossed all the red lines with the use of chemical weapons. The First Geneva Conference recognized the National Syrian Coalition as the legitimate representative of the Syrian people after the regime lost its legitimacy, he said, adding that the second Geneva Conference should implement the recommendations of the First Geneva Conference.
He highlighted the need to step up humanitarian assistance for Syrian refugees.


The rights Saudi women did not know of

Updated 25 April 2018
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The rights Saudi women did not know of

  • Since the launch of Saudi Vision 2030, the Saudi Justice ministry has addressed all flaws in the system that prevented women from living their lives securely and free from unnecessary hassles
  • No marriage agreement is accepted unless a woman provides a written approval, even if her guardian is her father

JEDDAH: Despite the great steps taken by the Saudi Ministry of Justice to give women a freer and more secure life, many Saudi women still do not have enough knowledge of their rights. 

Therefore, the ministry has started a campaign in cities all over the Kingdom to spread awareness among women of their legal rights. A female-only staff runs public exhibitions to enlighten them about how they are protected in different areas so they can lead their lives in a better way.

“We are using every possible channel to communicate with women to enlighten them about their rights, support them in all aspects to assure their ability to enjoy a secure rightful life,” said Majed Alkhamis, head of media and communication at the Ministry of Justice.

Since the launch of Saudi Vision 2030, the ministry has addressed all flaws in the system that prevented women from living their lives securely and free from unnecessary hassles. Despite all the obstacles, the ministry has succeeded in several areas.

A wife’s rights

The system not only grants the woman the right to sue her husband or ex-husband for alimony or acknowledgment of paternity, but it also allows any women legally living on Saudi soil, regardless of her citizenship or religion, to prosecute her current or former husband even if he is outside Saudi Arabia at the time of the lawsuit. Moreover, the new systems now support divorced women to a whole new level. For example, the system gives priority to a woman’s alimony over her husband’s personal debts.

Marriage agreements

No marriage agreement is accepted unless a woman provides a written approval, even if her guardian is her father. This arrangement grants a woman the freedom to accept a marriage proposal without any influence or coercion. In addition, if a woman is not happy with her marriage, she is free to leave the house of marriage and walk out of the agreement with no law to force her to come back. If she chooses to abandon the marriage her right to alimony will be dropped, but she is still entitled to custody of the children.

No delays

The Ministry of Justice has designed a full female service within its courthouses. 

These services include advisory people who provide free consultations on everything. In addition, these departments support women at all stages up until the execution of any court order to avoid delays and procrastination.

Speedy justice

The law emphasizes the speedy execution of justice in women-related cases.