Fun from the US State Department

From the US State Department:

Many areas of life in Saudi Arabia are segregated by sex to ensure that unrelated men and women have no possibility of mingling (a punishable crime). Some Mutawwa try to enforce this by asking for proof that a couple is married or related. Women who are arrested for socializing with a man who is not a relative may be charged with prostitution. Some restaurants, particularly fast-food outlets, refuse to serve women who are not accompanied by a close male relative.

Norms for public behavior in Saudi Arabia are extremely conservative, and the religious police, referred to colloquially as the Mutawwa or Al-Hay’a, are charged with enforcing these standards.

Faith-Based Travelers: Islam is the official religion of the country and pervades all aspects of life in Saudi Arabia.
– Saudi authorities do not permit criticism of Islam, religious figures, or the royal family.
– The government prohibits the public practice of religions other than Islam. Non-Muslims suspected of violating these restrictions have been jailed. Church services in private homes have been raided, and participants have been jailed.

In most areas of Saudi Arabia, women wear a full-length black covering known as an abaya, and cover their heads. Women who choose not to conform to this dress code face a risk of confrontation by Mutawwa and possible detention/arrest.

LGBTI Travelers: Same-sex sexual relations, even when they are consensual, are criminalized in Saudi Arabia. Violations of Saudi laws governing perceived expressions of, or support for, same sex sexual relations may be subject to severe punishment. Potential penalties include fines, jail time, or death.

Women Residents and Travelers: Women must be met by their sponsor upon arrival according to Saudi Arabia’s regulations. Married women, including non-Saudis, require their husband’s permission to depart the country, while unmarried women and children require the permission of their father or male guardian. A mother’s consent will not suffice

Employment: The Arabic text of a contract governs employment and business arrangements under Saudi law. Verbal assurances or side letters are not binding under Saudi law. In the event of any contract dispute, Saudi authorities refer to the written contract. It is common practice for sponsors to demand that residents working in Saudi Arabia surrender their passports while in the Kingdom. Although this practice is technically illegal, sponsors are rarely, if ever, punished by the Saudi authorities for doing so. Since the Saudi sponsor generally holds the employee’s passport and controls the issuance of exit permits, U.S. citizens cannot leave Saudi Arabia in the event of a labor or business dispute, which could take months or years to resolve.

Today’s tip: don’t try to order the McRib. HT to AMcC who proposes a sensible shariah test, but thanks to taqiya it can’t work.

One Response to “Fun from the US State Department”

  1. feeblemind Says:

    One wonders how the women who bitch about living under ‘white male oppression’ would like living under this system?

    McDonald’s site was somewhat interesting in how they dodged or deflected their FAQ.

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