Saudi Domestic Violence Cases Linked to Inadequate Legal Protections

The Saudi Ministry of Justice has received nearly 1,500 domestic violence cases in the last Islamic calendar year, with 480 of these cases occurring the kingdom’s Makkah region. The Riyadh region saw the second most cases, followed by Jazan and the Eastern Province. According to the Omani newspaper, al-Watan, most of the recorded incidents involved[…]

Saudi Women Are Separated in Councils

Although Saudi women were permitted to vote and run for political positions in December 2015, the government has required the 17 women who gained elected seats in municipal councils (out of 978 candidates) to sit in separate rooms and only communicate electronically with their male counterparts. This move upset women activists, but government ministers quickly[…]

Sri Lankan Workers Return Home after Abuse in GCC

With the assistance of the Sri Lanka Foreign Employment Bureau, about 150 domestic workers have returned to Sri Lanka after suffering abuse in GCC countries, particularly Kuwait. Some sought refuge at the embassy in that country a few months ago. Many Sri Lankan women have journeyed to the Gulf as to work domestic help, which[…]

Oman Passes a Law Forbidding More African Domestic Workers

The Sultanate of Oman will no longer be issuing work visas for domestic workers from the five African countries of Ethiopia, Kenya, Senegal, Cameroon, and Guinea. A senior official from the Royal Oman Police explained that the government implemented the official ban yesterday, on 1 February 2016, but had already been in the process of[…]

Ali al-Dubaisy Addresses Violence Against Women in Saudi Arabia at HRC29

On 26 June 2015, Ali al-Dubaisy of the European Saudi Organization for Human Rights delivered an Item 5 intervention on women’s rights in Saudi Arabia at the 29th session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva.  Please continue reading for full remarks or click to download the PDF here. الرجاء الضغط هنا لقراءة هذه الرسالة باللغة العربي Mr.[…]