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Saudi Arabia eases travel restrictions on women

08 August, 2019 3:55 pm 3:55 pm

RIYADH (AFP) – Saudi Arabia began implementing a landmark reform allowing women over the age of 21 to receive passports and travel abroad without permission from a male “guardian”, authorities said. The reform, announced earlier this month, weakens the restrictive guardianship system that has long been a symbol of repression against women. “The passport department … Read More

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Four more Saudi women activists freed pending trial

05 May, 2019 9:44 am 9:44 am

RIYADH (AFP) – Saudi Arabia on Thursday released at least four more detained women activists pending trial, campaigners said, bringing the total number of women provisionally freed to seven. They are among 11 activists, some of whom allegedly faced sexual abuse and torture in custody, who are standing trial over charges that include contact with … Read More

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Australia to consider taking in Saudi teen who fled family ‘abuseR...

01 January, 2019 7:19 pm 7:19 pm

SYDNEY/BANGKOK (Reuters) – Australia said on Wednesday it would consider taking in a 18-year-old Saudi woman who fled to Thailand saying she feared her family, which she accused of abuse, would kill her. Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun arrived in Bangkok on Saturday appealing for asylum. Australia said on Tuesday it would consider resettling her if the … Read More

‘They will kill me’ – Saudi woman to seek asylum after fl...

01 January, 2019 10:33 pm 10:33 pm

BANGKOK (Reuters) – An 18-year-old Saudi woman who fled her family and barricaded herself inside a Bangkok airport hotel to prevent being expelled by Thai authorities has left the airport after talks with the United Nations refugee agency, an official said on Monday. Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun has been at Bangkok’s international airport since Saturday when … Read More

Saudi women allowed for driving after 28 years

06 June, 2018 12:32 pm 12:32 pm

RIYADH (AFP) – Saudi Arabia allowed women to drive from Sunday, overturning the world’s only ban on female motorists, a historic reform that is expected to usher in a new era of social mobility. The lifting of the ban, which follows a sweeping crackdown on women activists, is part of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s … Read More