App that helps women fight injustice a big hit in Kingdom

Updated 10 August 2016

App that helps women fight injustice a big hit in Kingdom

JEDDAH: The “Know Your Rights” app for Saudi women has turned out to be a big hit with more than 20,000 people browsing it, following its launch two weeks ago by Saudi lawyer Nisreen Al-Issa.
The app can be downloaded on iPhone or Android phones, and helps women on how to file a lawsuit.
The app has received widespread appreciation on social media with netizens saying it is the first step toward educating women on their rights, especially in the family courts. Some women on social media hailed the app as user-friendly and “a step in the right direction.” Al-Issa said: “It educates women about their legal rights such as custody of children, divorce and financial support.
The application also facilitates and lists the steps for a woman on how to file a law suit by detailing each step that should be taken.”
The application has many pages, including ASK lawyer, cardboard illustrative, and general tips. The main page has nine sections, including the steps to file a lawsuit, questions and answers, telephone numbers of lawyers, formats of lawsuits, court addresses, debates and tips without fee from lawyers. Al-Issa said she established this app because a large number of Saudi women, both educated and uneducated, are unaware of their legal rights and do not know how to file lawsuits.
“One of the main reasons for launching the application is my passion for knowledge and eagerness to support women who have experienced injustice in their lives,” said the lawyer. “I personally worked hard to gather information for the application, which can be easily accessed and downloaded in smartphones,” she said.

Two Saudis among 31 foreigners killed in Easter Day attacks in Sri Lanka

Updated 51 min 35 sec ago

Two Saudis among 31 foreigners killed in Easter Day attacks in Sri Lanka

  • Mohamed Jafar and Hany Osman, cabin crew with Saudi Arabian Airlines, were in transit and staying at one of the three hotels targeted
  • Saudi Ambassador Abdulnasser Al-Harthi says officials are awaiting the results of DNA tests

COLOMBO: Two Saudis were among 31 foreigners killed in a string of Easter Sunday suicide bombings in Sri Lanka, the Sri Lankan Foreign Ministry said on Monday, a day after the devastating attacks on hotels and churches killed at least 290 people and wounded nearly 500.

The extent of the carnage began to emerge as information from government officials, relatives and media reports offered the first details of those who had died. Citizens from at least eight countries, including the United States, were killed, officials said.

Among them were Saudis Mohammed Jafar and Hany Osman. They worked as cabin crew on Saudi Arabian Airlines, and were in transit and staying at one of the three hotels that were hit.

Saudi Ambassador Abdulnasser Al-Harthi said that officials are awaiting the results of DNA tests on the two Saudi victims, and only after these are received will their names be confirmed.

Cabinet spokesman Rajitha Senaratne said the Sri Lankan government believes the vast scale of the attacks, which clearly targeted the minority Christian community and outsiders, suggested the involvement of an international terrorism network.

“We don’t think a small organization can do all that,” he said. “We are now investigating international support for them and their other links — how they produced the suicide bombers and bombs like this.”

The attacks mostly took place during church services or when hotel guests were sitting down to breakfast. In addition to the two Saudis, officials said the foreign victims included one person from Bangladesh, two from China, eight from India, one from France, one from Japan, one from The Netherlands, one from Portugal, one from Spain, two from Turkey, six from the UK, two people with US and UK dual nationalities, and two with Australian and Sri Lankan dual nationalities.

Three of Danish billionaire Anders Holch Povlsen’s four children were among the foreigners who were killed, a spokesman for the family confirmed. Povlsen is the wealthiest man in Denmark, the largest landowner in Scotland and owns the largest share of British online fashion and cosmetics retailer Asos.

Two Turkish engineers working on a project in Sri Lanka also died in the attacks, the English-language Daily Sabah newspaper reported. Turkey’s foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu gave their names as Serhan Selcuk Narici and Yigit Ali Cavus.

Fourteen foreign nationals remain unaccounted for, the Sri Lankan foreign ministry said, adding that they might be among unidentified victims at the Colombo Judicial Medical Officer’s morgue.

Seventeen foreigners injured in the attacks were still being treated at the Colombo National Hospital and a private hospital in the city, while others had been discharged after treatment.