9 inmates arrested after riot at Makkah girls’ protection home

Updated 17 July 2017

9 inmates arrested after riot at Makkah girls’ protection home

JEDDAH: Makkah police on Friday intervened to end an inmate riot that started as a protest against the management of a girls’ protection home in Makkah; nine girls were arrested, according to Arabic daily Okaz.
Under-aged girls being investigated for crimes, and females who are under 30 years of age and ordered to be imprisoned by a judge, are held at the facility.
The arrests were made after the doors and glass of the home’s management office were broken in protest at the alleged poor treatment the inmates receive from the facility’s staff.
The newspaper reported that inmates who were interrogated in the home demanded that the manager and some of her staff be removed because of their “bad treatment” of the residents.
The National Society for Human Rights (NSHR) said the girls were subject to violations, as the NSHR had previously called for certain reforms at the facility but no improvements were seen.
“A team previously visited the home and filed recommendations and reports calling for reforming the home’s educational and administrational conditions to take into consideration the girls’ need for guidance and their psychological conditions at the same time; unfortunately, our reform recommendations were not implemented,” the chairman of the NSHR in Makkah, Sulaiman Al-Zaydi, was quoted by the newspaper as saying.
“This shows the home’s (management) inability to comprehend the girls’ social conditions and circumstances that led them to the home (in the first place),” he added.
Spokesman for the Ministry of Labor and Social Development Khaled Aba Al-Khail said the inmates violated regulations and directives, and were dealt with according to the law.

Makkah workshop approves 27 initiatives to enhance religious moderation and tolerance

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Makkah workshop approves 27 initiatives to enhance religious moderation and tolerance

  • Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal receives book on “Following the Steps of the Role Model”
  • Second workshop tackles use of technology in crowd control

JEDDAH: Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal has inaugurated the “mithaq” initiative, the first of its kind to be held at the Holy Mosques, and received the book on “Following the Steps of the Role Model” from the General President of the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques Sheikh Abdulrahman Al-Sudais.

The initiative included three workshops: The first workshop, Creating Initiatives in Moderation and Tolerance, was managed and supervised by the Prince Faisal Center for Moderation. It attracted many scholars and academicians and approved 27 initiatives to enhance moderation and tolerance.

The second workshop was on using technology in crowd control — engineering solutions for better crowd flow and for enhancing security control.

The third workshop was about the media and the global mission of the Holy Mosques. It was attended by many media personalities and university professors, and was characterized by serious discussion before agreement on quality initiatives with tangible results.

During the Makkah cultural days, Prince Khaled inaugurated the pact of the role model, which represents a holistic commitment to quality service from leaders, employees, security personnel and everyone serving at the Holy Mosques. This pact is an interpretation of the directives of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Prince Khaled toured the exhibition and praised the efforts of each department in the service of the pilgrims and visitors of the Holy Mosques.

Al-Sudais held a conference about the impact of the Holy Mosques in enhancing the role model, presided over by Sheikh Saleh Al-Taleb, imam of the Holy Mosque. It was attended by Sheikh Saad Al-Shathri, adviser at the royal court, and Sheikh Hassan bin Abdul Hameed Bukhari.