Saudi Human Rights Commission: Feminism is not criminalized in the Kingdom

The Saudi Human Rights Commission praised the steps taken to empower Saudi women

Feminism is not criminalized in the Kingdom, Saudi Human Rights Commission says.

Saudi Arabia’s Presidency of State Security has issued a clarification concerning the “extremism concept” promotional video which was broadcast by the General Department for Counter-Extremism.

Saudi Arabia’s Presidency of State Security said on Tuesday that the person who prepared and published the promotional video broadcasted by the General Department for Counter-Extremism on the concept of extremism acted wrongly and on his own behalf, given the many mistakes he made in defining extremism.

The presidency confirmed, in an official statement, that this person was brought in for investigation and the necessary measures to restructure dealing with the social media were taken in order to ensure that such mistakes are never repeated.

Presidency of State Security also confirmed that what was published by the newspaper “Al-Watan” on November 11 under the title “heavy penalties for women up to imprisonment and flogging,” is totally untrue, noting that it is not a regulatory or judicial body as stipulated in the Statute of Governance and other statutes.

The Presidency has taken the necessary legal procedures against Al-Watan newspaper at the competent authorities regarding the erroneous article is published.

“Feminism was not criminalized in Saudi Arabia and that the Kingdom accorded the greatest importance to women’s rights,” the Saudi Human Rights Commission stressed in a tweet on Tuesday.

The commission praised the fundamental steps taken for the empowerment of Saudi women which have granted them their complete rights.