Saudi Arabia arrests Yemeni over stabbing 3 theater actors

Cheryl Sanders
November 14, 2019

A promotional video published by Saudi Arabia's state security agency categorises feminism, homosexuality and atheism as extremist ideas, even as the conservative Muslim kingdom seeks to promote tolerance and attract foreigners.

But state security officials have now distanced themselves from the video and have blamed it on actions of individuals, Reuters reports.

Saudi Arabia has already drawn global censure for its sweeping crackdown on critics, including clerics, intellectuals and women activists.

In a separate statement, the state-affiliated Saudi Human Rights Commission said feminism was not a crime and that the kingdom "accords the utmost importance to women's rights".

He has taken steps to decrease the social restrictions and came up with a tourist visa card as Saudi Arabia readies itself to take over the presidency of the Group of 20 countries next year. The event stormed by the suspect is part of reforms under the leadership of Saudi Crown Prince bin Salman.

The video has been criticised by human rights groups including Amnesty International.

Atheism is illegal and is punishable by death in Saudi Arabia. The guardianship system was also done away with which had stated that a woman needs to have a male guardian to make important decisions for her. Some of them alleged to have been tortured in prison.

According to a report by Reuters, close to a dozen women's right advocates were detained weeks before a ban on women driving which they had campaigned against was lifted past year.

However, the instances of arresting many critics and the clamping down of any form of dissent have been rampant in the country, a complete opposite of the somewhat progressive image the country is portraying to be.

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