Empty Reforms: Saudi Arabia's New Basic Laws

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Human Rights Watch, 1992 - Law - 62 pages
- Civil and political rights in the new legislation

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Page 39 - No Contracting State shall expel or return ("refouler") a refugee in any manner whatsoever to the frontiers of territories where his life or freedom would be threatened on account of his race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion.
Page 27 - No one shall be imprisoned merely on the ground of inability to fulfil a contractual obligation.
Page 4 - The democratic system that is predominant in the world is not a suitable system for the peoples of our region. Our people's make-up and unique qualities are different from those of the rest of the world.
Page 28 - credible reports of injuries and the deaths of at least two, and possibly more, persons caused by beating or the use of excessive force while being held in official custody. In addition, there was a credible report of the torture of several foreigners in Saudi military custody.
Page 13 - Chamber and may not be placed in discussion until three days after its presentation. ARTICLE 95. The President of the Council of Ministers directs the general policy of the Government and is responsible for it.
Page 51 - Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates have been grouped together in a loose association known as the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).
Page 40 - Government agreed to allow the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to visit...
Page 3 - United Nations Development Programme, Human Development Report 1992 (New York, Oxford University Press, 1992).
Page 56 - Saudi law, labor unions and political organizations are banned and all other forms of association are tightly controlled. Public assembly is also restricted to that approved by the government. Press laws in Saudi Arabia effectively mute free expression, a situation confirmed by the new laws. 4. Women and Minorities The new laws do not ban discrimination based on gender or religious beliefs. By strongly restating the religious basis for Saudi law, the government appears to have foregone any attempt...
Page 61 - In this critical period, everybody has recognized the need for change. We therefore find that the most requisite duty is to reform our present conditions that have caused us to suffer these tribulations. Consequently, we ask that the ruler of the nation check the deterioration of these conditions, which need reform in the following areas: 1. The formation of a consultative council to decide internal and external issues on the basis of the Shari'a.

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