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Saudi Arabia: Human Rights Lawyer Convicted Under Anti-Terror Law

(July 10, 2014) On July 6, 2014, the Specialized Criminal Court of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, convicted and sentenced Walid abu al-Kheir, a Saudi lawyer and human rights activist, to 15 years in prison, a fine of 200,000 Saudi riyals (about US$53,300), and a ban on travel abroad for another 15 years. The crimes he was […]

Saudi Arabia: Income Tax Rules Amended

(Apr. 30, 2014) On March 19, 2014, Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Finance amended several articles of a regulation issued under the country’s Income Tax Law, through Ministerial Resolution No. 1776. (Salah Gueydi, Saudi Arabia: Income Tax Executive Regulations Amended, TAX NEWS SERVICE (Apr. 25, 2014), International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation, online subscription database; Income Tax […]

Saudi Arabia: New Terrorism Law in Effect

(Feb. 4, 2014) Saudi Arabia’s new counterterrorism law, which was passed by the Saudi Council of Ministers on December 16, 2013, and later signed by King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, became effective on February 2, 2014. The law provides that any behavior can be characterized as terrorism if it undermines the state or society. It also […]

Indonesia; Saudi Arabia: Defense Cooperation Agreement Signed

(Jan. 29, 2014) On January 23, 2014, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia signed their first agreement on cooperation in defense matters. It was signed by Indonesia’s Sjafrie Sjamsoeddin, a retired Lieutenant General from the Defense Ministry, and the Saudi Deputy Defense Minister, Prince Salman bin Sultan Abdul Aziz Al Saud. The pact has provisions on military […]

Saudi Arabia: New Regulation on Protection Against Abuse

(Sept. 10, 2013) On August 26, 2013, the Council of Ministers of Saudi Arabia approved the Regulation to Protect Against Abuse, which has the force of law. A copy of the Regulation, in Arabic, is available on the website of the National Society of Human Rights in Saudi Arabia.   Under article 1 of this […]

Saudi Arabia: Draft Law to Punish Individuals Who Use Social Media to Attack Islam

(Aug. 1, 2012) On July 15, 2012, the Shura Council, also known as the Consultative Assembly, a body that advises the King of Saudi Arabia on legislative matters, announced that it is drafting a law to combat individuals who criticize Islam and Islamic law through the use of blogs, Twitter, and Facebook. The law will […]

Saudi Arabia: Council of Ministers Approves Several Laws Regulating Real Estate Mortgage System

(July 12, 2012) On July 2, 2012, the Council of Ministers of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia approved five laws organizing the lending process, loan purchase and sale transactions, mortgage registration, and foreclosure for real estate. The executive regulations for these laws will be issued 90 days from the publication of the laws in the […]

Saudi Arabia: Scholar States Churches Must Be Destroyed

(Mar. 19, 2012) In response to a question on March 11, 2012, the highest religious authority in Saudi Arabia, Sheikh Abd al-Aziz Al-Asheikh, Mufti and Chairman of the Supreme Council of Ulama (legal scholars), stated that all churches in the Arab Peninsula must be destroyed. The question was apparently from an al-Anba [an Arabic-language, Kuwaiti […]

Malaysia; Saudi Arabia: Journalist Deported to Face Blasphemy Charges

(Feb. 17, 2012) On February 9, 2012, the police in Malaysia detained a journalist from Saudi Arabia, Hamza Kashgari; on February 12 he was sent back to Saudi Arabia. Kashgari had landed at the international airport at Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, and the detention was pursuant to a request made through Interpol by the Saudi […]