A Human Rights Watch report on male guardianship found “a woman’s life is controlled by a man from birth until death” in Saudi Arabia, as their ability to pursue a career or make life decisions is restricted.
Despite limited reforms in 20 to reduce male control over women, which included no longer requiring permission for women to work and making domestic abuse illegal, the report found the system remains largely in place.
Many actions that are considered illegal have no actual written laws to ban them – a lot of them are not even addressed in the Quran.
Some of these bans also occur in other countries, but this list is specifically about Saudi Arabia since I was born there and I grew up (along with millions of others) shackled by these laws.
The general rule in regards to the legality of something is that if it is suspected to be “haram” (forbidden or clashing with Islamic law or may lead people astray from Islam) then suspicion alone is grounds for banning it.
Banned: Selling or wearing anything red on Valentine’s Day Every February 14th entails the same procedure; flower shops and gift shops are prohibited from selling red roses, anything heart-shaped or red for that matter on that day by the “Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice” (CPVPV) otherwise known as the Religious Police.
A land of many opportunities and at the same time many disappointments. Most of us expats have come to Saudi Arabia for one reason, Money, the root of all evil as some would say, and something that some would say the Saudi’s have more than their fair share of due to the Oil found beneath their sands."That means honestly confronting the crisis of Islamist extremism and the Islamist terror groups it inspires.And it means standing together against the murder of innocent Muslims, the oppression of women, the persecution of Jews, and the slaughter of Christians," he will say.In Saudi Arabia there are no specific statutes or laws to govern by.The sole constitution that is used is the Quran, which all judges have to interpret conservatively.The phrase is missing from a draft of Mr Trump's speech.