Saudi Arabia opens probe over security forces filmed beating women

Saudi Arabia opens probe over security forces filmed beating women
Saudi Arabia has opened an investigation after videos purportedly showed security forces beating women at an orphanage in Khamis Mushayt. (Screenshot)
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Updated 01 September 2022

Saudi Arabia opens probe over security forces filmed beating women

Saudi Arabia opens probe over security forces filmed beating women
  • The governor of Saudi Arabia's Asir region formed a committee to probe the beatings captured in the online video
  • The videos spread rapidly online, with #KhamisMushaytOrphans trending on Twitter in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday

RIYADH: Saudi authorities said on Wednesday they have launched an investigation into videos that purportedly show security forces beating women at an orphanage in the southwest of the Kingdom.

The governor of Asir region has assembled a committee to look into the beatings apparently captured in the online footage and “refer the case to the competent authorities,” the Saudi Press Agency reported. The circumstances surrounding the incident and when it took place were not immediately clear.

The Kingdom’s Public Prosecution also said it has opened an investigation. The Saudi Human Rights Commission announced it has assigned a team to follow up on investigations into the incident and it is working with the relevant authorities.

In the footage, apparently filmed at an orphanage in the city of Khamis Mushayt, security officials can be seen holding down women who are wearing black abayas while uniformed officers repeatedly lash them with leather belts and wooden sticks. One man is seen dragging a woman by her hair across a lawn as she screams. Other clips show officers chasing women through the orphanage and brutally shoving them to the ground.

The videos have rapidly spread online, with #KhamisMushaytOrphans among the most popular hashtags on Twitter in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday.




Lawyer Khalid Alyehya runs a law firm and is a member of the Saudi Bar Association. (Supplied)

Lawyer Khalid Alyehya, who runs a law firm and is a member of the Saudi Bar Association, told Arab News that the role of the police in investigating such cases is clearly set out.

“The system is clear regarding the distribution of roles between the security parties, with specific roles regarding criminal suspicion facts,” he said.

“Then the case will be submitted to the judicial officers who work at the Public Prosecution. Their role begins with a comprehensive investigation, the possibility of arrest, and the renewal of the period of arrest. The public prosecutor then represents the rights of the state and society before the criminal court.”

He added that in the event of charges being filed, the case will be submitted to the criminal court, where the judge’s verdict would be final.


Saudi foreign ministry announces mechanism for obtaining a personal visit visa

Saudi foreign ministry announces mechanism for obtaining a personal visit visa
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Saudi foreign ministry announces mechanism for obtaining a personal visit visa

Saudi foreign ministry announces mechanism for obtaining a personal visit visa

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia's foreign ministry announced on Wednesday a mechanism for obtaining a personal visit visa which enables visitors to enter the Kingdom to visit their friends or acquaintances who are Saudi citizens, Saudi Press Agency reported.

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Riyadh’s Arabian Horse Festival kicks off with top breeders

Riyadh’s Arabian Horse Festival kicks off with top breeders
Updated 30 November 2022

Riyadh’s Arabian Horse Festival kicks off with top breeders

Riyadh’s Arabian Horse Festival kicks off with top breeders
  • Hundreds of purebreds to be showcased
  • Leading equestrians competitors and animals participating

RIYADH: The Riyadh Purebred Arabian Horse Festival, Jawadi, kicked off Tuesday at the Al-Duhami Equestrian Center in Diriyah governorate, showcasing 347 breeds of the animals.

The five-day festival has SR1 million ($266,000) in prizes on offer. The competitions over the course of the event include the first Saudi Breeders Cup and the Saudi Production Champions Cup. They have both been organized by the Arabian Horse Organization and supervised by the King Abdulaziz Center for Purebred Arabian Horses.

The festival area reflects traditional Najdi architecture and brings together riders, artists and enthusiasts for competitions, folk dances, workshops, lectures, arts and crafts, local and international food, perfumes and sandals.

Azaam Al-Qasim, an equestrian and horse trainer taking part in the festival, told Arab News that the beauty competition would showcase the pedigree of the animals brought by local and international participants.

He said Arabian equestrians, and their horses, are differentiated by their capability and determination, which has served to attract many to the sport in the Kingdom.

Rana Mohammed, an artist who has her paintings of horses on display at the festival, told Arab News: “Horses are my passion, and the more I paint artwork of horses the more I discover more details about them, and I spend more time mastering these details.”

Faisal Al-Shamsan, a visitor, said the horse competitions in a traditional village setting with food and music was “all great.” He also enjoyed watching traditional dancing with his family.

The festival is part of the offerings of Riyadh Season, organized by the General Entertainment Authority. It is open from 3 p.m. until 12 midnight and runs until Dec. 3.


KSRelief delivers relief aid to flood-hit Pakistan 

KSRelief delivers relief aid to flood-hit Pakistan 
Updated 30 November 2022

KSRelief delivers relief aid to flood-hit Pakistan 

KSRelief delivers relief aid to flood-hit Pakistan 

RIYADH: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) team continued to deliver relief aid to those affected by the floods in Pakistan, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

As many as 1,426 winter bags were delivered to those affected, benefiting 9,982 people in the districts of Shahdadkot, Badin and Dadu in Sindh province.

Meanwhile, KSRelief also distributed food aid in Sudan’s Sinkat, benefiting 344 families. 

344 food packages were handed out in the districts of Al-Salam, Al-Janayin, Al-Inqad, Bir Nksoub, Al-Rakham and Sayyit in the locality of Sinkat. 

In Liberia, KSRelief has also delivered 50 tons of dates as a gift from the Saudi Arabia to the nation. 

Also this week, KSRelief signed three joint agreements together with a civil society organization to carry out a series of health and environmental projects for Yemen.


New joint venture Tahaluf to support Saudi events sector

New joint venture Tahaluf to support Saudi events sector
Updated 29 November 2022

New joint venture Tahaluf to support Saudi events sector

New joint venture Tahaluf to support Saudi events sector
  • The venture is part of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 goals to achieve economic diversification and create employment opportunities for Saudi citizens

RIYADH: The Saudi Federation for Cybersecurity, Programming and Drones and Informa PLC recently launched the joint venture Tahaluf, which aims to train young Saudi women and men in events administration and attract international events into Saudi Arabia.

The venture is part of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 goals to achieve economic diversification and create employment opportunities for Saudi citizens.

Faisal Al-Khamisi, chairman of the board of directors of the federation, said: “The Kingdom has hosted a wide range of global events in recent years, and now the federation is investing in increasing Saudi events and activities and the related creative and digital sectors though Tahaluf.”

Faisal Al-Kahmisi said SAFCSP is investing in increasing Saudi events and activities and the related creative and digital sectors through Tahaluf. (SPA)

He explained that the name Tahaluf (Arabic for “alliance”) reflects the strength of the partnership between the federation and Informa PLC.

“We plan to work closely together on this next phase of developing world-class events for Saudi Arabia,” Al-Khamisi said.

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Tahaluf Academy will also be established, which will annually provide a group of young Saudi professionals with professional accreditation, practical training and experience in international events through a series of opportunities across Informa’s global business.

Tahaluf will benefit from the expertise of Informa PLC to create a world-class events sector in the Kingdom, which will diversify the Saudi economy, provide access to new opportunities for international companies, attract foreign investment and support commercial activity.

Michael Champion, regional executive vice president of Informa PLC, said: “We are honored to expand our partnership with SAFCSP to create Tahaluf, and together we aim to create sustainable events on a global level in Saudi Arabia that will be an international exhibition for the main sectors of the Saudi economy.”

Tahaluf Academy will also be established, which will annually provide a group of young Saudi professionals with professional accreditation, practical training and experience in international events through a series of opportunities across Informa’s global business.

Tahaluf will also bring to Saudi Arabia global events next year, including the DeepFest artificial intelligence conference, the food and hospitality festival Feast, the Middle East beauty festival Cosmoprof, the international real estate exhibition Cityscape, and an exhibition for the leading pharmaceutical brand CPHI in the Middle East.

“SAFCSP is a great leader in the mission of supporting skills development and job creation for Saudi youth in dynamic and professional sectors and will also contribute to the diversification and growth of key sectors in Saudi Arabia,” said Al-Khamisi.

“Informa has played a leading role in the events industry on an international level, including pioneering on-demand and data-driven digital experiences and driving sustainability initiatives across the sector. This expertise has helped launch successful events together in the past and will be invaluable...in delivering on the ambitious plans announced today,” he added.

 

 


Saudi Health Ministry to provide remote treatment for stroke patients

SVH allows patients to visit their local hospital and attend a real-time live video clinical session with top specialists. (SPA)
SVH allows patients to visit their local hospital and attend a real-time live video clinical session with top specialists. (SPA)
Updated 29 November 2022

Saudi Health Ministry to provide remote treatment for stroke patients

SVH allows patients to visit their local hospital and attend a real-time live video clinical session with top specialists. (SPA)
  • Seha Virtual Hospital was launched in February this year as part of the Kingdom’s efforts to digitize its healthcare sector, which forms part of the nation’s Vision 2030 program

RIYADH: The Saudi Ministry of Health, represented by Seha Virtual Hospital and the Innovation Empowerment Center, recently signed a cooperation agreement with a local company to treat stroke patients remotely.

The agreement will ensure several health facilities are linked to Seha Virtual Hospital for the service. The pact includes training, lectures, workshops and simulations using artificial intelligence technology. Physicians will also be able to help diagnose rare diseases such as idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.

Seha Virtual Hospital was launched in February this year as part of the Kingdom’s efforts to digitize its healthcare sector, which forms part of the nation’s Vision 2030 program.

Connected to 152 hospitals and covering more than 34 subspecialties throughout Saudi Arabia, Seha Virtual Hospital claims to be the largest of its kind in the world and the first in the Middle East and North Africa region.

Patients no longer need to travel to different parts of the Kingdom to be seen by specialized physicians, and are not limited to regular clinic hours.

Earlier, an official told Arab News that patients can now receive second and third medical opinions from the same consulting room.

Unlike simple video calls with doctors, the virtual hospital allows patients to visit their local hospital and attend a real-time live video clinical session with top specialists from across the Kingdom.

During the session, vital signs, tests and x-rays can be taken and shared with a network of specialists. Emergency interventions can be provided around the clock, with top specialists able to guide local junior staff with complex cases.