Court ordered to enforce maternal custody ruling

Updated 21 March 2015
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Court ordered to enforce maternal custody ruling

The Supreme Judicial Council imposed retroactive implementation of a decision that gives full child custody to mothers, after a woman demanded the implementation of the law in her case, even though she was divorced before the law was issued.
The council instructed the court that looked into the woman’s case to give her full custody over her children, which allows her to go to Civil Status Department, Passport Department, embassies, educational directorates and schools, and complete her children’s procedures with government and private bodies.
However women will not be allowed to travel with their children outside the Kingdom unless they get the judge’s permission from the country in which the child lives.
The Supreme Judicial Council issued the decision and stated that in cases of divorce before the issuance of the decision, the judicial process should be sped up to maintain justice and facilitate litigation.
The decision gave divorced women the authority to issue official documents for their children, take over the issuance of all official documents through an official deed that guarantees her this authority.
The decision came after women faced increasing problems after being granted the right of custody, such as stalling husbands or those trying to negotiate custody by refusing to hand over their children’s official documents. This threatens families, and the rights and futures of children.
The council looked for solutions to ease the plight of these women after receiving complaints of injustices by husbands impeding their children’s civil rights. Some children faced school delays because of problems between parents, and the council stated that women are capable of having full custody of their children, which means they have the right to conduct all official business for their children.
The decision aims to empower women who have custody of their children to behave on their behalf in official bodies, except travel.
Courts registered cases of unfairness and reconciliation offices exerted pressure on women to give up children to their fathers.
Judicial rulings point out that women can be appointed as guardians of others. In addition, the law differentiates between custodian and guardian, for custodians have no right to behave on other people’s behalf, which is why women are prevented from traveling with the child without the guardian’s permission.


Saudi Arabia’s nuclear program ‘fundamental to Kingdom’s energy sector’

Updated 18 September 2018
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Saudi Arabia’s nuclear program ‘fundamental to Kingdom’s energy sector’

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s atomic energy program is fundamental for developing a sustainable energy sector, a senior minister told the International Atomic Energy Agency on Monday.
The Kingdom plans to start building its first two nuclear power reactors this year and as many as 16 over the next 25 years at a cost of more than $80 billion. The plan is to provide 15 percent of Saudi Arabia’s power from nuclear by 2032.
Speaking at the IAEA’s annual conference in Vienna, Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih said the atomic reactor projects were were part of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 to diversify its energy sources to nuclear and renewables.
The program “abides by all international treaties and conventions and best practices, adhering to the highest standards of safety, security and transparency,” Al Falih said.
The minister said Saudi Arabia was committed to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, which calls for nuclear disarmament and stresses the commitment of nuclear power states to share their peaceful technologies with abiding member states.
He also said the Kingdom had called for cooperation with the international community to make the Middle East a nuclear weapons free area.
The US has started to reintroduce heavy sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program, after Donald Trump pulled out of a deal with the country earlier this year to curb its atomic ambitions.
Al-Falih called on the international community to take a more stringent stance against all threats to regional and international security, particularly Iran, given its “alarming efforts to build its nuclear capabilities, in tandem with its increasing acts of sabotage and aggression against other states in the region.”