Monday, May 23, 2011

Saudi woman arrested for a video on driving a car

Cairo / Riyadh. - Saudi authorities arrested this weekend a woman who had posted an Internet video in which she was seen driving a car, something forbidden to women in strict Islamic state. Manal al-Sherif activist is in jail for the images that showed the wheel of a vehicle in the city of Chobe in the east.

Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world we are not allowed women to drive. The Arabic Network for Human Rights in Cairo today described the incident as a "clear sign of the horrific treatment of human rights in Saudi Arabia." Al Shefif and other youth launched a civil disobedience campaign across the social network Facebook.

The group "Women2Drive" calls for Saudi women to defy the ban bulk driving June 17. Saudi Arabia applies a particularly puritanical interpretation of sharia, Islamic law, which imposes many restrictions on women. For example they can not go out unaccompanied by their husbands or a male relative.

The driving ban, however, is not contained in the Koran. In the Arab kingdom chains increasingly are women going to college and working. They often have to pay large sums of money to hire drivers that take them to work or study center. The country has no mass transit and taxi drivers often refuse to carry women alone.

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