Anti-harassment laws 'urgent need'

Updated 12 August 2015
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Anti-harassment laws 'urgent need'

JEDDAH: Shoura Council members and law experts have called for the immediate adoption of anti-harassment regulations.
According to a local media report, Lubna bint Abdul Rahman Al-Ansari, a member of the Shoura Council, said: “The issue of harassment is prevalent in all societies. However, the negative effects of harassment need strict laws to bring the criminals to book.”
She said: “I was one of the eight members who submitted an anti-harassment proposal at a Shoura Council meeting, but it was rejected. Harassment does not take place only at work; women have been harassed in markets and parks. There is a need to understand the various dimensions of harassment and adopt tougher measures to curb this menace."
Maimona Mirza, an educationist, said: “There are statistics which clearly reveal that the rate of harassment against women has gone up. This affects all women, those who cover their faces and those who do not.”
She added: “There are many reasons for this obnoxious behavior; one of them is the lack of education among young people who busy themselves harassing women. The other reason is the delayed age of marriage for both genders.”
Speaking to Arab News, Suhaila Zainul Abideen of the National Society for Human Rights, said that NSHR has tried to play a positive and supportive role in the society’s quest to adopt anti-harassment regulations. “At NSHR, we monitors harassment cases and prod victims to report such cases to government agencies for remedial action.”


Saudi Arabia, South Korea reach agreement on visas

King Salman chairs the Cabinet session in Riyadh on Tuesday. (SPA)
Updated 16 January 2019
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Saudi Arabia, South Korea reach agreement on visas

  • Cabinet OKs air transport pact with Indonesia

JEDDAH: The Saudi Cabinet met to discuss a series of national and global developments on Tuesday, in a session chaired by King Salman.

At the forefront of the agenda was the escalation in tensions between Israel and Hamas along the Gaza border, and the continuing encroachment on Palestinian land by Israeli settlers in the West Bank. The Cabinet responded by demanding that the UN Security Council intervene. King Salman also relayed to ministers the outcome of his talks with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, which covered many regional issues.

The minister of media, Turki bin Abdullah Al-Shabanah, announced that after reviewing proposals from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and a decision from the Shoura Council, a memorandum of understanding between the government and the Republic of Korea on granting visit visas had been agreed upon.

The Cabinet approved the amendment of the air agreement on regular air transport between Saudi Arabia and Indonesia.

The Cabinet, meanwhile, praised the progress of the 2025 Sustainable Agricultural and Rural Development Program, aimed at enhancing farming techniques by promoting sustainable water and renewable energy sources.

They also discussed the framework in Vision 2030 and the National Transformation Program 2020 for building a sustainable renewable energy sector, reiterating aims to lead global renewable energy developments over the next decade, and create projects such as the wind-powered plant at Dumat Al-Jandal, as part of the King Salman Renewable Energy Initiative.

In a statement, though, Al-Shabanah said: “The Cabinet discussed the announcement made by the minister of energy, industry and mineral resources about the Kingdom’s oil and gas reserves, which highlighted the importance of Saudi Arabia as a secure source of oil supplies in the long term.”

He added, in closing, the Cabinet’s praise for the efforts of Saudi security forces in the tracking and arrest of seven people in Qatif, which foiled a planned terrorist attack.