Saudi Cabinet approves measure criminalizing sexual harassment

King Salman chaired the Cabinet session in Jeddah on Tuesday. (SPA)
Updated 31 May 2018

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.

Guinness recognizes Saudi Arabia camel festival as largest in the world

Updated 22 September 2018

Guinness recognizes Saudi Arabia camel festival as largest in the world

JEDDAH: The Crown Prince Camel Festival in Taif was named the largest in the world on Friday by Guinness World Records.
The festival included more than 11,000 camels, the largest number of camels in a race, and almost 800 races held between Aug. 11 until Saturday, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.
Prince Fahd bin Jalawi bin Musaed, President of the Saudi Federation of Camels, received the certificate from Guinness representative Ahmad Jamal Aldin.
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was scheduled to attend the closing of the festival on Saturday.
During the event, SR53 million worth of prizes were handed out to participants from Saudi Arabia, other Gulf States and Arab countries.
“The success of the festival was a great leap forward for the sport in its home country, among its fans and admirers,” SPA reported.