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Editor: Margaret Ryznar
Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Friday, September 13, 2013

Domestic Abuse Law in Saudi Arabia


An international human rights group has welcomed Saudi Arabia's new draft law to criminalise domestic abuse but has called on authorities to detail how it will be enforced.

Saudi Arabia’s Council of Ministers broke new ground on August 26 by passing the draft law but Humand Rights Watch said it does "not detail specific enforcement mechanisms to ensure prompt investigations of abuse allegations or prosecution of those who commit abuses".

It called on Saudi Arabia’s Social Affairs Ministry to coordinate with the justice, interior, and other relevant ministries in drafting executive or implementing regulations clearly laying out the responsibilities of specific government agencies in implementing and enforcing the law.

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