Saudi women & # 39; can leave the country without permission from a man from later this year & # 39; under planned reforms of guardianship legislation
- Women in Saudi Arabia currently need permission from a male family member to travel abroad
- Reported changes to & # 39; guardianship & # 39; rules can take effect this year
- However, women would still need a man's permission to get married or leave prison
It is reported that Saudi women may travel under planned reforms this year without a man's permission.
According to the current & # 39; guardianship & # 39; kingdom laws, women of all ages need the permission of a male family member to travel abroad or obtain a passport.
The change will take effect this year, Saudi officials said Wall Street Journal.
Saudi men can use this government app to give women permission or to refuse to travel abroad. That requirement can be removed under planned reforms
A member of the Saudi royal family told the newspaper: “There is no doubt that leadership, government and people want to change this system.
& # 39; The current discussion is about how this can be achieved as quickly as possible without causing a stir. & # 39;
In the past, the Saudi Ministry of the Interior had to submit a paper travel document for women to be signed by a male family member.
More recently, a Saudi government app has allowed men to grant or deny permission on a smartphone.
Some young Saudi women who have fled the country in recent years did so by entering their father's phone and changing the environment.
Other aspects of the guardianship laws are maintained.
Women would still need permission from a man to marry or to leave prison despite the reported reforms.
Women have received driving licenses since last June under acclaimed reforms (file photo) but many of the kingdom's guardianship laws remain in place
Female detainees are often reported to be detained in prisons after completing their conditions because they were not claimed by their guardians.
Kenneth Roth of Human Rights Watch said the reforms would change travel rules & # 39; while the rest of the discriminatory guardianship regime is preserved & # 39 ;.
Saudi Arabia & de facto ruler, crown prince Mohammed bin Salman, has tried to cultivate an image as a reformer.
Women have received driving licenses since last June, ending the only ban on female drivers in the world.
However, according to critics, women's rights activists are still being prosecuted and arrested in the kingdom.
Guardianship laws came to international attention early this year when Saudi teenager Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun fled to Thailand to escape what she called a violent family.
Moreover, the prince's reputation has been a big hit in the West since he was linked last year to the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul.
The prince has denied involvement, but last month a report from a UN expert discovered that there was & # 39; credible evidence & # 39; was that he linked him to death.
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