Riyadh police arrest 50 in two days on harassment charges

Riyadh police arrest 50 in two days on harassment charges
Saudi police stand guards in Manfouha, southern Riyadh, in this file photo. (Reuters)
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Updated 27 December 2019

Riyadh police arrest 50 in two days on harassment charges

Riyadh police arrest 50 in two days on harassment charges
  • Al-Tuwaijri said those 50 have been arrested and regular measures have been taken against them
  • He added that violations included wearing inappropriate clothes in public areas.

RIYADH: Riyadh police arrested 50 people on various charges of harassment on Dec. 24 and 25, according to the region’s spokesperson Lt. Col. Shakir Al-Tuwaijri.
He said that based on complaints from a number of citizens and residents as well as evidence of their involvement in harassment crimes, those 50 have been arrested and regular measures have been taken against them.
He added that violations included wearing inappropriate clothes in public areas.
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 the Cabinet approved legislation, drafted by the ministry and instructed by King Salman, that criminalized sexual harassment.


Saudi Arabia ranked safest among G20 nations, according to international indicators

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Saudi Arabia ranked safest among G20 nations, according to international indicators

Saudi Arabia ranked safest among G20 nations, according to international indicators
  • Results ranked Kingdom ahead of five permanent UNSC members — US, Russia, China, UK and France

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s progress has led to the Kingdom ranking first among G20 nations for safety, outperforming the five permanent members of the UN Security Council (UNSC), international safety indicators showed on Wednesday.

The results were revealed through five security indicators included in the Global Competitiveness Report 2019, and the Sustainable Development Goals Index 2020 (SDG Index 2020).

The SDG index ranked the Kingdom first among G20 nations, and ahead of the five permanent UNSC members — US, Russia, China, UK and France — in the percentage of population who feel safe walking alone at night. Saudi Arabia also performed better than Canada within the G20 countries.

Saudi Arabia also ranked first in the reliability of police services index; an indicator which measures public confidence in law enforcement and its success in achieving order and safety. The Kingdom topped the G20, and surpassed the five permanent UNSC members in this index as well.

The Kingdom also outperformed the five UNSC countries in an index measuring the effectiveness of combating organized crime, as stated by the Global Competitiveness Report 2019. Saudi Arabia came in second in the same index among G20 nations.

The Global Competitiveness Report issued by the World Economic Forum also showed that the Kingdom advanced three positions, now ranking 36 globally in international competitiveness.

The report pointed out the Kingdom’s energetic steps forward to diversify its economy, with expectations of growth in the non-oil sector. The report also discussed the emergence of more investments outside the mining industry within the public and private sectors in the next few years.

The report commended the Kingdom's strong determination to undertake structural reforms, its widespread adoption of communication technology, and its high potential for innovation, especially in terms of patent registration.