Saudi Human Rights Commission: Kingdom has gone beyond legislation to promote women’s rights

Updated 09 March 2018
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Saudi Human Rights Commission: Kingdom has gone beyond legislation to promote women’s rights

JEDDAH: The Human Rights Commission in Saudi Arabia said in a statement on International Women’s Day that the Kingdom has taken measures and issued legislation to address some of the challenges for women’s rights.
These rights were guaranteed by Islamic law and regulations in the Kingdom and the international conventions to which the Kingdom was party.
The commission said that Saudi Arabia had gone beyond enacting legislation to correct misconceptions that might constitute an obstacle to the empowerment of women, in addition to the measures taken in the field of human rights education.
“Today, Saudi women have a high-status thanks to God and then the directives of King Salman and the crown prince.”
The commission added that Saudi Arabia had given women’s rights a high degree of attention, based on the principles and provisions of Islamic law, which necessitated the preservation of their rights, respect for their dignity, and prohibited any injustice against them.
This was reflected in the legal and institutional frameworks that guarantee the protection of women’s rights, foremost of which is the Basic Law on Governance which ensures that the Kingdom’s rule is based on justice and equality and that the state protects human rights in accordance with Islamic law. The state carried out a series of reforms and reviewed the laws and regulations to support and empower women.
The commission noted that Vision 2030 came with developmental and economic programs and initiatives that enhanced women’s participation in construction and development. Further legislative, judicial and administrative measures have been taken to promote and protect women’s rights.


Head of Saudi entertainment authority relieved of position

Ahmad Al-Khatib
Updated 53 min 34 sec ago
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Head of Saudi entertainment authority relieved of position

  • Al-Khatib was appointed as chairman of the Saudi General Entertainment Authority in 2016
  • The report did not elaborate on why Khatib was dismissed or who would be replacing him

JEDDAH: The head of entertainment in Saudi Arabia, Ahmad Al-Khatib, was removed from his post on Monday, according to state-news channel Al-Ekhbariya, citing a royal decree.

Al-Khatib was appointed as chairman of the Saudi General Entertainment Authority in 2016, and had previously been minister of health. He also served as an adviser to the royal court.

The report did not elaborate on why Khatib was dismissed or who would be replacing him. It did not mention the status of his other positions.

The General Entertainment Authority was established to organize, develop, and lead the entertainment sector to provide exciting entertainment options, and tailor experiences to the needs of people from all walks of life across Saudi Arabia.

Al-Khatib was also appointed as chairman of the board of directors of the Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) in October 2017.