Female victims of corrupt laws in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabian woman challenges male guardianship laws

  When she was a little girl, Samia* would practice medical procedures on watermelons. Back then, her dream was to become a successful surgeon and to marry a good man. “I started to dream of the [wedding] gown when I was 10 or 11 years old. I dreamed of forming a small family – having  Read More

February 12, 2018 author

Turkey: Saudi Sisters at Risk of Forced Return Could Face Criminal Charges, ‘Honor’ Violence Show More Services Print

  (Istanbul) – Two Saudi sisters in Turkish police custody are at risk of forced return to Saudi Arabia, where they could face serious harm from Saudi authorities or family members, Human Rights Watch said today. One of the sisters lost a challenge to her deportation in a Turkish court in December 2017 and is at  Read More

February 12, 2018 author

Saudi Arabia: Male Guardianship Boxes Women In Restricts Movement, Work, Health, Safety

(Beirut) – Saudi Arabia’s male guardianship system remains the most significant impediment to women’s rights in the country despite limited reforms over the last decade, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Adult women must obtain permission from a male guardian to travel abroad, marry, or be released from prison, and may be  Read More

February 12, 2018 author

Flying without a man: The mysterious case of Dina Ali

Image copyrightGETTY IMAGESImage captionThe case of Dina Ali sparked a debate Saudi Arabia’s guardianship law, which requires women to get permission from a male relative for everyday activities A trip taken by a young Saudi woman – and her unwilling journey back to her home country – opened up a debate about Saudi laws which  Read More

January 26, 2018 author