Saturday, August 31, 2013

Saudi Arabia passes its 1st domestic abuse law

Saudi Arabia has passed landmark legislation aimed at protecting women, children and domestic workers against domestic abuse, a human rights official said Thursday, in a move aimed at reducing hidden violence against women in the kingdom.
The "Protection from Abuse" law is the first of its kind in the ultra-conservative country, which has often faced international criticism for lacking laws that protect women and domestic workers against abuse.
The law, approved during a cabinet meeting Aug. 26, came several months after a local charity launched a nationwide campaign to combat violence against women.

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