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Saudi Arabia: Riyadh High Court Waives Requirement for Women to Fully Cover Their Faces in Courthouse

(Feb. 8, 2018) For the first time in its history, the High Court of Riyadh is no longer requiring women to fully cover their faces when they visit the Riyadh courthouse. (Fatimah Al-Dabees, Riyadh Court Waives Condition of Covering the Face and Is Satisfied with Hijab, OKAZ (Dec. 25, 2017) (in Arabic).) The Chief Justice […]

Egypt: Parliament Discusses New Bills Criminalizing Atheism and Homosexuality

(Jan. 26, 2018) On December 24, 2017, the Committee on Religion of Egypt’s Council of Representatives discussed a bill that would make atheism a crime punishable under the Egyptian Penal Code. (Egyptian Parliament Discusses Plans to Criminalise Atheism, EGYPTIAN STREETS (Dec. 24, 2017).) Previously on November 9, 2017, an Egyptian lawmaker proposed a bill criminalizing […]

Sudan: Women Arrested for Wearing Pants Are Released

(Jan. 11, 2018) On December 10, 2017, Sudanese authorities released 24 women arrested by morality police four days earlier for wearing pants at a party in the El Mamoura area of south Khartoum. (Sudanese Women Arrested ‘for Wearing Trousers’ Released, NEW ARAB (Dec. 11, 2017).) The women, who had been arrested despite obtaining a permit […]

Jordan, Tunisia: Parliamentary Measures Aimed at Israel

(Jan. 8, 2018) On December 10, 2017, members of the Parliaments of Jordan and Tunisia took steps toward adopting legal measures against the state of Israel. Tunisian Measure Tunisian members of Parliament signed a petition to speed up the voting process for a draft law to ban any activity that is considered to be an […]

Egypt: Cabinet Approves Amendment to Traffic Law

(Nov. 17, 2017) On October 19, 2017, the Egyptian Cabinet approved a new amendment to the Traffic Law, Law No. 66 of 1973.  (Law No. 66 of 1973, 34 AL-JARIDAH AL-RASSMIYAH (Aug. 23, 1973) (in Arabic).) The amendment introduces new penalties for violators of traffic regulations.  According to an official written statement issued by the […]

United Arab Emirates: New Law to Support Domestic Workers

(Nov. 9, 2017) On September 26, 2017, Sheikh Khalifa, President of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), issued Federal Law No. 10 of 2017.  The new Law is aimed at strengthening the legal measures for the protection of domestic service workers. (President Issues Law on Support Service Workers, Cabinet of the UAE website (Sept. 26, 2017).) […]

Saudi Arabia: Bankruptcy Bill Expected to Be Implemented in 2018

(Nov. 2, 2017) On September 21, 2017, the Saudi Minister of Commerce and Investment, Majid al-Qasabi, announced that the Ministry had referred to the Shura Council (a 150-member legislative advisory body to the King that proposes new legislation and amends existing laws) a bill governing the bankruptcy of corporations. The bill is expected to be […]

Egypt: Draft Law Criminalizes Homosexuality

(Nov. 1, 2017) On October 25, 2017, members of the Council of Representatives (parliament) of Egypt proposed a draft law to criminalize what they describe as “acts of homosexuality.” Rayad Abdel Sattar, one of the Members of Parliament who submitted the draft law, stated that the main goal of the draft law is to constrain […]

Egypt: Fatwa Permits Females to Have Permanent Tattoos

(Oct. 18, 2017) On October 9, 2017, the former Grand Mufti of Egypt (the main, official religious scholar), Sheik Ali Gomaa, issued a new fatwa (religious decree) allowing women to have permanent inked tattoos on their bodies. However, the same religious decree bans males from getting permanent tattoos. (Getting Tattoo Permissible for Girls, Sin for […]

Egypt: Draft Amendment to Citizenship Law

(Oct. 4, 2017) On September 21, 2017, the Council of Ministers of Egypt (the Cabinet) approved an amendment to Law No. 26 of 1975 on Citizenship. The Council has referred the new amendment to the Council of Representatives (Egypt’s unicameral parliament) for a vote. (Egypt Amends Law to Strip Citizenship from Those Convicted in Crimes […]