Saudi Cabinet approves measure criminalizing sexual harassment

King Salman chaired the Cabinet session in Jeddah on Tuesday. (SPA)
Updated 31 May 2018
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Saudi Cabinet approves measure criminalizing sexual harassment

  • The government back the measure which will introduce a jail sentence of up to five years for sexual harassment

JEDDAH: The Saudi government approved a measure on Tuesday evening criminalizing sexual harassment in the Kingdom, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

The Cabinet, chaired by King Salman in Jeddah, backed the legislation, which requires a royal decree to become law. 

The measure, which was approved on Monday by the Saudi Shoura Council, introduces a jail sentence of up to five years and a SR300,000 ($80,000) fine.

“(The legislation) aims at combating the crime of harassment, preventing it, applying punishment against perpetrators and protecting the victims in order to safeguard the individual’s privacy, dignity and personal freedom which are guaranteed by Islamic law and regulations,” a statement from the Shoura Council said.

The Cabinet also lauded the efforts of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) during the holy month, offering Ramadan foodstuffs in Yemen, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Sudan, Somalia and Myanmar, for the Mekunu-cyclone-stricken people and the Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, totaling tens of thousands of food baskets.

The Cabinet said that the assistance provided by the Kingdom comes from its feeling of standing by those in humanitarian crisis and extending support to needy communities and countries.

“The humanitarian, developmental and social assistance the Kingdom has extended to the Palestinian brotherly people from 2000 to 2018, worth more than $6 billion, embodies the keenness of the Kingdom to provide all forms of assistance and support for the Palestinian people as confirmation of the deep-rooted ties binding the two peoples of the Kingdom and Palestine,” the Cabinet said.

The Cabinet also expressed the Kingdom’s strong condemnation of the suicide bombing in the Shula area west of Baghdad, reiterating the Kingdom’s solidarity with Iraq against terrorism and extremism, and expressed condolences to the families of the victims and to the government and people of Iraq, wishing the injured a speedy recovery.

The Cabinet welcomed the statement issued by the mission of experts of the International Monetary Fund who visited the Kingdom for the Article IV consultations, and which predicted an improvement in growth for the current and medium term and progress in the implementation of ambitious reforms within Vision 2030.


Disappointed fans hail improved performance by Saudi Green Falcons but defeat ends World Cup dream

Updated 21 June 2018
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Disappointed fans hail improved performance by Saudi Green Falcons but defeat ends World Cup dream

  • A fan named Yousif, who watched the match at the General Sports Authority viewing tent, was happy that the game at least was close this time.
  • Saudi Arabia will face off against Egypt, who also lost their opening two group A games against Uruguay and Russia, on June 25.

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s World Cup dreams were shattered after Uruguay beat the Green Falcons 1-0 in the second of the three group-stage matches. Most Saudi fans in Jeddah were much happier with the team’s performance in game two, following the resounding 5-0 defeat by host nation Russia in the opening match on June 14, but still bitterly disappointed by the loss, which means they cannot qualify for the knockout stages.

Yousif, who watched the match at the General Sports Authority viewing tent, was happy that the game at least was close this time. “Although we lost, the performance was much better than the first game with Russia. I hope we win our next match,” he said.

Nasrah, who watched the game with her two sons, said: “I was really disappointed because we played good today and nothing less than a win should have been acceptable. I am also disappointed to see the looks on my boys faces when the game ended as they were hoping for a win.”

Khalid Al-Raghbi said at least it had been a good match to watch. “We played a bit better today,” he added. “I wish we would have won but at least we performed better than our last match against Russia.”

Before the game, Ibrahim Al-Turki had been optimistic about Saudi Arabia’s chances. “We didn’t expect today’s result. I was thinking that Saudi would win by two goals, and Uruguay would score one,” he said.

The result was especially disappointing given the close result and the number of chances the Saudis had to score, said Badr, who added: “I don’t know what to tell you because we are deeply disappointed. At least if we lost with a big defeat I would say we deserved it. We had the potential but we could not score.”

Shadi Al-Ghamdi said he wished the national team’s much improved performance in their second game had been more evident in their first. “I am very proud of the players, I thought they played very well. I just wish they had played like this against Russia," he said.

Safah was less complimentary and said that the Saudi players had let their fans down, adding: “They seemed scared whenever they attempted to score any goals.”

Saudi Arabia will face off against Egypt, who also lost their opening two group A games against Uruguay and Russia, on June 25. It will be the final game in the competition for both sides, with only pride to play for, as they battle it out to see who will finish third in the group and who will be left in bottom spot.