Riyadh police penalizes nine residents for public decency violations

Riyadh police penalizes nine residents for public decency violations
Saudi Arabia’s anti-harassment law provides for penalties of up to two years in prison and fines of up to SR100,000. (SPA)
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Updated 25 December 2019

Riyadh police penalizes nine residents for public decency violations

Riyadh police penalizes nine residents for public decency violations
  • Saudi Arabia’s anti-harassment law provides for penalties of up to two years in prison and fines of up to SR100,000 ($26,664.5)

RIYADH: Riyadh police have cited nine women for public decency violations on Monday, police spokesperson Lt. Col. Shakir Al-Tuwaijri said.
They were also penalized imposed penalties in line with the Public Decency Code, approved by the Council of Ministers’ decision Number (444) on April 9, 2019.
A spokesman for the Riyadh police earlier said that 24 people have been arrested in connection with videos circulating on social media documenting alleged incidents of street harassment.
The footage depicts a group of people harassing a number of attendees at a major public event in the capital. The suspects, the spokesman said, would be subject to penalties prescribed by anti-harassment laws in the Kingdom if found guilty.
Saudi Arabia’s anti-harassment law provides for penalties of up to two years in prison and fines of up to SR100,000 ($26,664.5).
In 2017, a royal decree stated that “considering the dangers sexual harassment poses and its negative impact on the individual, the family and society along with its contradiction of Islamic principles, our customs and traditions,” the Interior Ministry “shall prepare a draft law to tackle sexual harassment.” The decree came days after the ban on women driving was lifted.
In May 2018, the Shoura Council and Cabinet approved legislation, drafted by the ministry and instructed by King Salman, that criminalized sexual harassment.


Saudi Arabia to reopen its embassy in Doha, says Saudi FM

Saudi Arabia to reopen its embassy in Doha, says Saudi FM
Updated 16 January 2021

Saudi Arabia to reopen its embassy in Doha, says Saudi FM

Saudi Arabia to reopen its embassy in Doha, says Saudi FM
  • The Saudi minister repeated the need to reach a comprehensive solution to the Palestinian conflict
  • The Jordanian minister condemned the Houthi militia’s attempts to attack Saudi Arabia

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia will open its embassy in Doha within days, after completing the necessary procedures, Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan said in a joint press conference on Saturday with his Jordanian counterpart Ayman Safadi in Riyadh.
His comments follow the Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman signing of the Jan. 5 Al Ula agreement, which saw the reopening of the borders between Qatar and Saudi Arabia..
The Saudi minister repeated the need to reach a comprehensive solution to the Palestinian conflict.
From his side, Safadi said the relationship with Saudi Arabia was historical and strategic, adding that Jordan appreciated the Kingdom’s continued support to the country in facing economic challenges.
The minister also condemned the Houthi militia’s attempts to attack Saudi Arabia, and he said he rejected Iran's interference in the region’s affairs.
He added that Jordan agreed with Saudi Arabia in promoting joint action to face current challenges.
“We are working to develop our relationship with the GCC on the security, political and economic levels,” Jordanian Foreign Minister Safadi said.
He added that peace was an Arab strategic choice, and said that Jordan looked forward to working with the new US administration.