AWASSER Has Located 2,283 Families And Relocated 27

photocreditarabnewsAwasser: Bringing Back Saudi Families From 31 Countries
Arab News | Riyadh
4 July 2016

The Charitable Society for the Welfare of Saudi Families Abroad — Awasser — has been exerting great effort to bring back to the Kingdom Saudi nationals and families that resulted from marriages abroad contracted by means that run contrary to the Kingdom’s regulations.

Awasser Chairman Tawfiq Abdul Aziz Al-Suwailem said during an interview with a local publication that his society “is trying to put a smile on the faces of many Saudi families abroad” by working to reunite them with their relatives in the Kingdom.

“Our work involves direct collaboration with the Ministry of Labor and Social Development, the Ministry of Interior and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, through the Saudi embassies, in addition to civil society organizations and charities,” said Al-Suwailem, while explaining the mechanism for reaching out to the families abroad.

He also said that 2,283 such families have been found so far in 31 countries around the world by the society and relevant official agencies. Together with their family members, this adds up to 8,012 individuals.

“Some of these families receive financial assistance, others administrative help. About 24 new families were added to the list (receiving assistance) during the last three months, while 47 families were removed from the list either because their situations got better or they have already returned to the Kingdom” said Al-Suwailem.

So far, 27 families — or 67 individuals — returned.

“The return procedure involves receiving the families at the airport, securing temporary residences for them, renting apartments and furnishing them, providing for their living expenses and giving them a national identity card, if they do not have them,” said Al-Suwailem, adding that Awasser constantly extends advice and counseling to the Saudi citizens traveling abroad, including warning them about being lured by marriage brokers and advising them to seek the help of the Saudi embassy officials before taking any step.

Al-Suwailem said there are immoral people who seek to take advantage of Saudis who travel abroad, receiving them at airports and convincing them to do things with, often with dire consequences, most often using young women to trap their victims.

The Ministry of Labor and Social Development grants annual support to Awasser to carry out its work, said the chairman. Private sector institutions also provide aid.

In the course of its operations, the society comes at times across unusual cases, said Al-Suwailem.

“We witnessed a humanitarian issue that greatly affected us while we visited two families in one of the countries. A young man and a young woman had the same father and shared the same family name; having different mothers,and they had never met.

“In another case, a young man came to the society with his mother to invite us to his wedding and said he never knew his father. There are also situations where the father died without telling his family about his second marriage. Lawsuits are filed by the sons of the foreign mother, who claim their inheritance rights.”

Awasser, the first and only Saudi charitable organization authorized for these services, also grants financial support, winter allowance and school assistance to children living abroad, and includes them in King Abdullah scholarship program.

Photo Credit: Arab News

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Saudi Marriage Procedure Guidelines: Ministry Of Interior

14 March 2016 Update: I was informed by another FHWS reader whose Saudi confirmed with both the emarah and Ministry of Interior that the age requirement is set at the age of 35 but if the non-Saudi is a relative (2nd-3rd cousin) then the age is reduced to 30 years.

8 July 2014 Update: FHWS reader “ag09g” notified me of a discrepancy between the English-Arabic versions on the Ministry of Interior’s website in the qualifying age for Saudis marrying non-Saudis abroad and I also found that there was an omission of the category for Saudis marrying Moroccans on the Arabic version. Details are here.

1 July 2014 Update: The age requirement for Saudi men to apply for the marriage permission has been reduced from 35 years to 25 years except for marrying a Moroccan which was only decreased to 30 years of age. This alert of the new change was provided by FHWS reader, Julieta. I was not aware of it being announced by the Ministry of Interior through Saudi news agencies. Sometimes the only way we know that something has changed is to either go to the government website or inquire in person at either the Ministry of Interior or emarah. To verify details of the new procedures, you can go to the English page for Saudi Arabia – Ministry of Interior – Riyadh Principality.

19 June 2010 Update: Interior Ministry Launches Human Rights Website. Colonel Ibrahim Al-Men’ai, Supervisor of the Human Rights Department at the ministry, said the website will allow the public to send in their remarks and complaints about the performance of security personnel. Apart from this, Al-Men’ai said the department has devoted a toll free telephone number, 989, for members of the public to express their opinions or report those security officials who have broken the law. Another objective behind the service is to familiarize the public with services of the ministry. It also aims to ensure that the public is made aware that security officials are not above the law and that justice will take its course against those who abuse their powers.

The Ministry of Interior (MOI) classifies an emirate as “An MOI organisation which provides civil administration for a region of the Kingdom (Province). The number of these Emirates in the Kingdom is thirteen.”

The thirteen emirates are Riyadh, Makkah, Madinah, Eastern Province, Al-Jawf, Al-Baha, Al-Aseer, Al-Qasim, Al-Ha’il, Tabuk, Northern Borders Province, Jazan and Najran.

From the category list of 15 services and procedures that the MOI outline on their website, seven apply to the theme of FHWS:

A. For Those Wishing To Marry Foreign Females Residing In The Kingdom
B. For Those Wishing To Marry A Foreigner Born In The Kingdom
C. For Those Wishing To Marry From Abroad
D. For Saudi Women Wishing To Marry A Foreigner
E. For Those Wishing To Marry Cards Holders
F. The Condition Of Saudi Female Marriage From Foreigner Born In Saudi Arabia
G. For Those Wishing To Marry From Abroad (Morocco)

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 A. FOR THOSE WISHING TO MARRY FOREIGN FEMALES RESIDING IN THE KINGDOM

• Requests and inquiries are submitted every day except Thursdays and Fridays from 8:30 to 11:30.

1. The wife should be resident in Riyadh or any of its governorates.

2. The proposing person should not be less than 30 years old and not more than 70 years old.

3. Who has Saudi or foreign wife, he should present medical report about her from governmental hospital proving the disease like sterility, malformation, malignant disease, or the physician opinion about the pregnancy danger.

4. Job acknowledgment. If he is a public employee, the acknowledgment should be ratified from the commercial chamber or ratified paper from the mayor and the police confirming that there is no job.

5. Wife job acknowledgment if she works.

6. Bringing a copy of the ID card or the family card.

7. Personal photograph of the husband.

8. A copy of the divorce paper or death certificate for the part who has married before that.

9. A copy of the residence and a valid copy of the passport for the female intended to marry from.

10. Relations file.

11. Imprinted endorsement of approval from the wife = “I, … bent …. Agree on marrying ……. bin ………”. Also, the date, proofs number, and imprint are required.

Remarks:

• Kinship proof ratified from the general court if there is relation between them from the first class.
• The applicant should come personally and delegation is not accepted.
• Her guardian should come and confirm her approval and bring the wife to the women department in the principality.

B. FOR THOSE WISHING TO MARRY A FOREIGNER BORN IN THE KINGDOM

• Requests and inquiries are submitted every day except Thursdays and Fridays from 8:30 to 11:30.

1. The wife should be resident in Riyadh or any of its governorates.

2. The proposing person should not be less than 25 years old and the wife should not be less than 18 years old.

3. Who has Saudi or foreign wife, he should present medical report about her from governmental hospital proving the disease like sterility, malformation, malignant disease, or the physician opinion about the pregnancy danger.

4. Job acknowledgment. If he is a public employee, the acknowledgment should be ratified from the commercial chamber or ratified paper from the mayor and the police confirming that there is no job.

5. Bringing two copies of the ID.

6. Bringing one personal photograph.

7. A copy of the divorce paper or death certificate for the part who has married before that.

8. Two copies of the wife birth certificate including the certificate number and date. Delivery report or the witness is not accepted.

9. Two copies of the residence and two valid copies of the passport with the original of them.

10. Imprinted endorsement of approval from the wife = “I, … bent …. Agree on marrying ……. bin ………”. Also, the date, proofs number, and imprint are required.

11. Relations file.

Remarks:

• Kinship proof ratified from the general court if there is relation between them from the first class.
• The applicant should come personally and delegation is not accepted.
• Her guardian should come and confirm her approval and bring the wife to the women department in the principality.

C. FOR THOSE WISHING TO MARRY FROM ABROAD

• Requests and inquiries are submitted every day except Thursdays and Fridays from 8:30 to 11:30.

1. The husband should be resident in Riyadh or any of its governorates.

2. The proposing person should not be less than 25 years old and not more than 70 years old.

3. Who has Saudi or foreign wife, he should present medical report about her from governmental hospital proving the disease like sterility, malformation, malignant disease, or the physician opinion about the pregnancy danger.

4. Job acknowledgment. If he is a public employee, the acknowledgment should be ratified from the commercial chamber or ratified paper from the mayor and the police confirming that there is no job.

5. A copy of the ID and the family card.

6. A copy of the divorce paper or death certificate for the part who has married before that.

7. Relations file.

8. Personal photo for the husband.

Remarks:

• Kinship proof ratified from the general court if there is relation between them from the first class.
• The applicant should come personally and delegation is not accepted.

D. FOR SAUDI WOMEN WISHING TO MARRY A FOREIGNER

• Requests and inquiries are submitted every day except Thursdays and Fridays from 8:30 to 11:30.

1. The wife should be resident in Riyadh or any of its governorates.

2. The wife should not be less than 25 years old.

3. The husband job acknowledgment ratified from the commercial chamber.

4. The wife job acknowledgment ratified from the commercial chamber or ratified paper from the mayor and the police confirming that there is no job.

5. A copy of the wife ID or her father ID if she is added to him.

6. A copy of the divorce paper or death certificate for the one who has married before that.

7. A valid copy of the residence and the passport of the husband with their originals.

8. Personal photo for the husband.

9. Bringing relation file.

10. Imprinted endorsement of approval from the wife = “I, … bent …. Agree on marrying ……. bin ………”. Also, the date, proofs number, and imprint are required.

Remarks:

• Kinship proof ratified from the general court if there is relation between them from the first class.
• The applicant should come personally and delegation is not accepted.
• Her guardian should come and confirm her approval and bring the wife to the women department in the principality.

E. FOR THOSE WISHING TO MARRY CARDS HOLDERS

• Requests and inquiries are submitted every day except Thursdays and Fridays from 8:30 to 11:30.

1. The wife should be resident in Riyadh or any of its governorates.

2. The Saudi husband or the Saudi wife should not be less than 25 years old and the non-Saudi wife should not be less than 18 years old.

3. Job acknowledgment. If he is a public employee, the acknowledgment should be ratified from the commercial chamber or ratified paper from the mayor and the police confirming that there is no job.

4. Bring two copies of the husband and wife valid documents.

5. The wife job acknowledgment ratified from the commercial chamber or ratified paper from the mayor and the police confirming that there is no job.

6. Bringing two personal photos for the husband.

7. A copy of the divorce paper or death certificate for the part who has married before that.

8. Relation files.

9. Imprinted endorsement of approval from the wife = “I, … bent …. Agree on marrying ……. bin ………”. Also, the date, proofs number, and imprint are required.

Remarks:

• Kinship proof if there is relation between them from the first class ratified from the general court if the Saudi party is older than 21 years.
• The applicant should come personally and delegation is not accepted.
• Her guardian should come and confirm her approval.

F. THE CONDITION OF SAUDI FEMALE MARRIAGE FROM FOREIGNER BORN IN SAUDI ARABIA

• Requests and inquiries are submitted every day except Thursdays and Fridays from 8:30 to 11:30.

1. The wife should be resident in Riyadh or any of its governorates.

2. The wife should not be less than 21 years old.

3. The husband job acknowledgment ratified from the commercial chamber.

4. The wife job acknowledgment ratified from the commercial chamber or ratified paper from the mayor and the police confirming that there is no job.

5. Two copies of the wife ID or her father ID if she is added with him.

6. Two copies of the divorce paper or death certificate for the one who has married before that.

7. Two copies of the husband valid residence and the passport with their originals.

8. Two copies of the foreigner birth certificate.

9. Personal photo for the husband.

10. Bringing relation file.

11. Imprinted endorsement of approval from the wife = “I, … bent …. Agree on marrying ……. bin ………”. Also, the date, proofs number, and imprint are required.

Remarks:

• Kinship proof if there is relation between them from the first class ratified from the general court .
• The applicant should come personally and delegation is not accepted.
• Her guardian should come and confirm her approval.

G. FOR THOSE WISHING TO MARRY FROM ABROAD (MOROCCO)

• Requests and inquiries are submitted every day except Thursdays and Fridays from 8:30 to 11:30.

1. The husband should be resident in Riyadh or any of its governorates.

2. The applicant should not be less than 30 years old and not more than 70 days.

3. Who has Saudi or foreign wife, he should present medical report about her from governmental hospital proving the disease like sterility, malformation, malignant disease, or the physician opinion about the pregnancy danger.

Bring written approval ratified by the mayor and the police including the wife approval of his marriage.

4. Job acknowledgment. If he is a public employee, the acknowledgment should be ratified from the commercial chamber or ratified paper from the mayor and the police confirming that there is no job.

5. A copy of the ID and family card and a copy of the passport.

6. A copy of the death certificate or the divorce paper for the one who has married before that.

7. Relations file.

8. Personal photo for the husband.

9. Document from the police and the mayor showing the social status.

Remarks:

• Kinship proof if there is relation between them from the first class ratified from the general court if the proposing person is older than 31 years old .
• The applicant should come personally and delegation is not accepted.

Note: This post was originally published on 11 October 2008.

The Complicated Story Of Huda Al-Niran (Saudi) And Arafat Radfan (Yemeni)

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Now out of the media spotlight, the story of young lovers Arafat and Huda once captured the attention of the worldwide press in 2013. It has been 11 months since the couple last saw each other.

15 November 2014 update: Huda and Arafat have been married in Imran, Yemen on 6 November 2014. Abducted Saudi Woman Marries Yemeni. Huda And Arafat Finally Tie The Knot

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A Forgotten Love Story
By Mohammed Mahdi Al-Samawi
Yemen Times
16 October 2014

It’s a love story that captivated a nation.

At 22 years of age, in late October 2013, Saudi national Huda Al-Niran fled her home and tried to illegally cross into Yemen. Waiting at the border was Arafat Radfan, her Yemeni boyfriend.

The couple first met about four years ago in Saudi Arabia. He was working at a mobile phone shop, she needed to fix her phone. They knew almost immediately they wanted to spend their lives together. However, when Arafat asked Huda’s family for her hand in marriage, her father reportedly said “we do not marry our daughters off to Yemenis.”

Huda thereupon decided she would run away to Yemen. She grabbed all her money and jewelry and headed to Yemeni border. Knowing Arafat would think her plan was too dangerous, she didn’t tell him until she had arrived the country.

However, the couple was caught by Yemeni security forces and detained. Arafat was accused of helping Huda enter Yemen illegally, though he was acquitted during his first hearing after Huda confessed that the plan was hers alone. Although free to leave, Arafat declined to leave the prison until Nov. 24, the day Huda was conditionally released.

Huda was transferred from the grounds of the Migration and Passport Authority, where she has been held since entering Yemen, to Dar Al-Amal (House of Hope) in Sana’a, a shelter for homeless women, where she remains confined today.

A year after running away together, and almost 11 months of being apart, Huda and Arafat’s modern day “Romeo and Juliet” love story is not only unresolved but has been largely ignored.

Seeking a way out

The last time Arafat and Huda were in contact was in November 2013. Since then, the couple has not even spoken a word by phone.

After being held in Dar Al-Amal for so long, unable to leave the premises or communicate with her lover, and largely forgotten by the media and Yemenis who once followed her story so closely, Huda’s mental health has deteriorated significantly.

About two weeks ago Huda decided to try and kill herself, according to Taghreed, another woman resident in the Dar Al-Amal home.

Taghreed, who preferred to only give her first name, said that some of the women in Dar Al-Amal discovered that Huda was going to try and consume a lethal quantity of pills. They stopped her and locked her in her room so that she would not have access to any sharp objects.

“Huda is not the same as she used to be. Her face became pale and her body became very thin, and she refuses food. She only eats once a day, after the home’s employees insist she does,” Taghreed told the Yemen Times.

Taghreed said that after the “laws of two countries separated them,” Huda waits for the moments in which she would “see that light, meet Arafat, and live with him under one roof.”

Both Huda and Arafat already threatened that they might kill themselves if they were not allowed to be together, a threat which has become especially concerning after the recent event that transpired at Dar Al-Amal.

Huda’s lawyer, Abduraqeeb Al-Qadi, told the Yemen Times that no one is allowed to visit her in the home, except for people who are working on her case. Al-Qadi said the government is trying to justify this involuntary confinement by claiming to keep her safe.

Al-Qadi confirmed that Huda’s detention at Dar Al-Amal “resulted in some psychological disorders.”

Back in January 2014, Al-Qadi told the Yemen Times he feels the government effectively moved Huda from one prison to another.

“Huda is now imprisoned in Dar Al-Amal and that is certainly in conflict with her asylum status, which gives a person the right to freedom of movement and also to live wherever he or she wants,” he said.

Huda has not been granted asylum, but has been granted a level of protection while seeking asylum which according to her lawyer gives her the right to freedom of movement.

Stuck in the courts

Arafat, who looks much older than he is for his mid-20s, is still working hard to free Huda so the two can finally tie the knot.

Speaking to the Yemen Times, Arafat said the couple’s case has been thrown around the courts. He finds himself alone, tangled within a series of complex procedures.

Lawyer Al-Qadi, who also represents Arafat, said he is still handling the case in Yemeni courts. In his view, there has been no ruling in the case so far due to Saudi interferences.

While Huda was still in the Migration and Passport Authority’s prison in November 2013, the South East Sana’a Preliminary Court gave permission to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) to visit her. During a certain period of time the UNHCR visited Huda in preparation of trying to grant her the right to asylum and to transfer her guardianship from her father to the court. The last step would allow her to marry Arafat according to her own will.

Arafat said that during this time Huda was given protection by the UNHCR while she sought refugee status.

According to him, considerable pressure was exerted by the Saudi embassy through its lawyer Abdullah Al-Mujahid to return Huda home to Saudi Arabia. Her father alerted the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs that his daughter escaped home with the help of a Yemeni man. After the Saudi embassy’s lawyer informed Huda’s father about her intention of marrying, the father told the lawyer to try to get her deported by telling the Yemeni court that the girl is married to a Saudi man.

Arafat said that the couple’s marriage case was transferred to the Bani Al-Harith Court in Sana’a after many other courts rejected the case due to its sensitivity. In Al-Qaid’s view, the courts don’t want to take on a controversial issue between the two countries.

In August, the judge of Bani Al-Harith Court, Radwan Al-Omaisi, asked for the guardianship of the girl to be transferred from her parents to the courts through the Saudi embassy and gave the embassy’s lawyer a month to do so.

However, the period ended with no response from the embassy or the girl’s family. Another court session began in mid-July, ending in mid-September. During the session the judge renewed his request, threatening that the guardianship will be transferred automatically if the court does not receive a response by mid-September.

According to Arafat, it was only in a third court session that the Saudi embassy’s lawyer brought the marriage contract, which the judge refused to accept on the grounds that the Bani Al-Harith Court is not specialized in family affairs.

The judge then asked for Huda’s alleged husband to attend the next court session. The man did not show up, neither did an attorney to defend his interests, and no personal documents for the alleged husband were filed.

Arafat added that the couple’s lawyer, Al-Qadi, provided a virginity test at court, which was carried out by the UNHCR in Dar Al-Amal, evidencing that the girl was not married before.

Arafat said the last time he talked to Huda, she maintained that she was not married to anyone and that there was no marriage contract when she fled Saudi Arabia to Yemen last year.

For almost a year now, Arafat has called on the Ministry of Human Rights, the UNHCR, and the court to look into and decide the case, so that the UNHCR could finish the procedures and Huda could be granted asylum.

He yet again threatened he might kill himself if the case is not expedited.

According to lawyer Al-Qadi, “this is not a simple case. It became more than a love story between a man and a woman—it is [now] a matter of sovereignty between two states.”

Back when the young lovers’ case was making headlines there were numerous reports circulating that Arafat was receiving support from influential figures. Arafat called the news about donations and grants “a lie,” maintaining that he has received no support, whether moral or material.

Like Huda, Arafat is feeling increasingly pessimistic, worrying that their love story is not going to have a happy ending. “It has been a year since Huda is locked up. I am helpless. If we cannot be here together we might as well die and meet in heaven,” he said.

Photo Credit: Yemen Times

A European Christian Wants To Marry A Muslim Man Working In Saudi Arabia

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First off, I commend you for agreeing to your kids being raised as Muslims. Secondly, it is good that your husband’s family accepts you so that you will have the least interference and discord from in-laws and your marriage will start off on the right foot. This is particularly important if you will live in Saudi Arabia because the less stress you have adapting to a new country, insha’Allah the more comfortable you will be as a newlywed. Muslim men are allowed to marry women from People of the Book (Christian/Jewish) as long as they are chaste and not polytheists. (Alifta.com, Fatwas Of Permanent Committee, Fatwa 2229). At the same time, it is the duty of Muslims to invite non-Muslims to Islam in a way that is better but they can’t compel anyone to revert as guidance comes from Allah alone. “Invite (mankind, O Muhammad) to the way of your Lord (i.e. Islam) with wisdom (i.e. with the Divine Revelation and the Qur’aan) and fair preaching, and argue with them in a way that is better.” [Soorat An-Nahl 16:125]. May Allah guide you to Islam ameen.

Kidnapping of children by the spouse is a valid fear. But it doesn’t just happen in Saudi Arabia, it is perpetrated by spouses of different nationalities, religions and races. That having been said, it is without a doubt an important factor to weigh in marrying someone who is working in Saudi Arabia as the courts do usually make a decision on behalf of the fathers. Insha’Allah you will have nothing to fear from a Muslim man who fears Allah!

As for the process of marrying, your fiance will need to inquire with Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the marriage court and you should inquire with the Saudi Embassy in your country. I hope I have addressed all of your concerns.

If any FHWS readers would like to add to what I have said, please do so in the comment section.

Thank you,

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Name: anded1

What was the marriage permission process like for you from beginning to end? Enter the details here: Hello, I am a non-Saudi from a European country and I am planning to marry someone who is from an Arab country and he is currently working in Saudi Arabia. My dad was Muslim but I am not because I got baptized to my mom’s religion when I was born. I have such a respect for Islam that even though my future husband want me to convert to Islam, I still can’t abandon some beliefs of the Christianity! Personally, from what I search in internet, I have the impression that Saudi Arabia is such a strict country and a country where the woman is under the man. And this country acts in many situations in the favor of men. Since my husband is employed in Saudi Arabia, many of our years will be spent there. What I would like to know is whether we are going to face any problem as it comes to religion because I will not change mine upon the marriage and if the guardian rules will apply to us also since my husband is not Saudi. Also I have read some posts about women that wanna get divorce but since the country acts on the side of man if in case of a divorce, I will be in such a situation also (not believable to take my kids with me or leave the country without his permission), and anything else you think I should be advised before I take this step. Note that my future husband lives in fear of Allah and I admire the love he shows to Allah and how faithful he is. I met his family and they had actually invited me to their house and they have been very good to me and they don’t have a problem if I want to keep my religion with the marriage although they showed to me their desire of me convert to Muslim. But any decision I take they will respect it as far as our kids become Muslims and I don’t have problem with that as long as there is respect in my religion as I respect theirs. For me in the end, we believe in the one and only God/Allah. Also I don’t know what process I would have to follow to marry him, since we just want to get marry in papers first just to make it legal so I can travel to him. Any help/advice is welcome.

Saudi Rape Victim Has Left Pakistan And Is Now In Saudi Arabia

photocreditarabnewsThe FHWS newsletter for 30 August – 19 September 2013 has been sent out. Instructions for signing up to receive the newsletter are located here.

Sheikh Abdulatif Al al-Sheikh admits the driving ban enforced upon women is not part of the Shari’ah. Even though religious police have no authority to arrest women seen driving, they have been instructed not to do so.

This is an update from the first story that was posted on Umm Amal.

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Saudi Narrates Her 21-Year Ordeal In Pakistan
Arab News | Jeddah
17 September 2013

Popular Saudi TV show “Eight O’clock,” presented by Dawood Al-Shiryan, aired a video report Sunday about Umm Amal, a Saudi woman who was forced to work as a housemaid in Pakistan for 21 years after being raped by a man almost 30 years her senior in the Kingdom.

Umm Amal was just 14 when she was raped after being asked by her stepmother to seek a loan from a Pakistani neighbor.

Her stepmother persuaded her biological mother to leave the country under the pretext that her father would kill her if he learned of the incident.

Her rapist arranged for her to travel to Pakistan.

Her rapist married her legally upon arrival in Pakistan.

She lived in Pakistan for 21 years, earning her living by working as a housemaid. She gave birth to three children during that time.

“I was kidnapped by a Pakistani man and lived in Pakistan this entire time. I re-established communication with my family by chance when I bumped into a group of young Saudis in Karachi and gave them the name of my father. I told them that I wanted to go back to Saudi Arabia because I was afraid that my daughters might meet the same fate. I did not want them to work as housemaids in Pakistan,” she said.

“A week later, I called my father but he refused to speak to me.”

“I called but he hung up again. A Saudi young man advised me to go to the Saudi Embassy in Islamabad, who referred my case to the consulate in Karachi. I followed up on my case with Ubaid Allah Al-Harbi, the vice consul, who said he would send a car to take me to the consulate, but he then found out that I live in a neighborhood known for its high crime rates and didn’t send the car,” she said.

“I took a taxi to follow up on my case, but I was unsuccessful. For two years, I got nothing from the consulate in Karachi. Okaz newspaper raised my case. My father then came to see me in Pakistan. He told me that I have no honor and that I am a terrorist belonging to Al-Qaeda,” she added.

“My father was very cold with me even though I haven’t seen him for 20 years. He did not hug me. He ridiculed my children, saying they look like housemaids. He left a photocopy of my passport with the Saudi Embassy in Islamabad,” she said.

“I am not going back to Pakistan. Now that my father has disowned me, I only have my country left,” Umm Amal added.

Alleged Kidnap Victim Faces Family’s Rejection
Arab News | Jeddah
19 September 2013

Father says his daughter eloped with a Pakistani man.

The Saudi woman reportedly abducted and forced to marry and work as a housemaid in Pakistan for 21 years faces the prospect that her family may refuse to accept her.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Osama Nugali discussed the woman’s case during a talk show on MBC television.

The woman, known as Umm Amal, was interviewed Sunday on “Eight O’clock,” a Saudi television show.

Nugali said Umm Amal contacted the Saudi Embassy in Karachi in 2011.

“She told them that she was a Saudi national and needed to establish her Saudi citizenship. We referred the matter to the Ministry of Interior, which informed us that they contacted the father, who told them that she was his daughter and that she eloped with a Pakistani man 21 years ago,” he said.

Nugali said ministry officials tried to reconcile Umm Amal and her family. They tried especially hard with her father. He was made to obtain a passport for his daughter, although he strongly objected to her coming back to Saudi Arabia. The father said her life was in danger because her brothers would kill her.

“The passport was sent to Islamabad, with instructions from us that she would get her passport at the airport, and a seat would be booked for her on the flight,” Nugali said. “The idea was to facilitate her travel arrangements. We informed the Pakistani authorities of her so that they would not stop her at the airport because her passport shows no immigration stamp certifying her entry into Pakistan. Umm Amal, Pakistani documents during her stay in Pakistan.”

He added: “We asked our embassy to advise us of the time of her arrival in the Kingdom, so that we could meet her at the airport, protect her from being harmed by her family, and try to reconcile her with her family.”

The ministry rented and furnished a house for the woman. Saudi officials also secured a job for her at the Saudi School in Pakistan, but her father said he would not accept that his daughter work there because of the delicate nature of the situation. He promised to pay her an amount equivalent to her salary. But he never kept his word, Nagali said.

“It’s obvious that the main problem Umm Amal has is with her family. From a procedural point of view, everything is ready and accounted for. Even her kids, who have Pakistani nationality, can be accommodated,” Nugali said.

Photo Credit: Arab News

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AWASSIR Alleges Embezzlement From Saudi And Non-Saudi Women (Italian Translation)

photocreditpoweryourpracticeAwaser Uncovers Attempts To Embezzle Money
Saudi Gazette | Abha
4 September 2013

A number of Saudi and foreign women have attempted to con money from the Charity Society for the Care of the Saudi Families Abroad (Awaser), which assists Saudi men’s foreign wives and children stranded abroad, Al-Sharq daily cited an Awaser board member as saying.

“A number of foreign women not married to Saudi men have asked the society for financial help while some Saudi women married to Saudi men and living comfortably abroad on the pensions of their husbands have done the same,” Dr. Samir Ba-Issa said.

He said many foreign women came to Awaser asking for financial assistance but after thorough scrutiny and monitoring it was proved that these women were not entitled to help from the charity as they were not married to Saudis.

“We have a coordination council to look at each case consisting of representatives from the ministries of foreign affairs, interior and social affairs, in addition to the society,” he explained.

Ba-Issa said the society makes field visits to the families of Saudi men abroad and verifies their marriage dates and living conditions.

“The society only takes care of cases where a Saudi man married a foreign woman abroad,” he said.

Ba-Issa said the family will be given help if the husband is in jail, died, escaped or has disappeared without any trace. “We have many mechanisms to ascertain these cases, including verifications from the Saudi diplomatic missions abroad who are rendering a great help to us,” he said.

According to Ba-Issa, Awaser is currently extending financial help to more than 3,000 dependent Saudi families living in about 30 countries.

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Awaser Svela Tentativi Di Appropriazione Indebita Di Denaro
Saudi Gazette | Abha
4 Settembre 2013
Traduzione Italiana di A.P.

Alcune donne saudite e straniere hanno tentato di sottrarre denaro alla Charity Society for the Care of the Saudi Families Abroad (Awaser), che assiste le mogli straniere di uomini sauditi e i loro figli bloccati all’estero, secondo quanto riportato dal quotidiano Al-Sharq che cita un membro del board di Awaser.

“Alcune donne straniere non sposate con uomini sauditi hanno chiesto aiuto finanziario alla Società, e alcune donne saudite sposate con uomini sauditi e che vivono all’estero nell’agio godendo delle pensioni dei loro mariti hanno fatto la stessa cosa”, ha detto il dott. Samir Ba-Issa.

Ha affermato che molte donne straniere si sono rivolte ad Awaser per ottenere un aiuto economico, ma dopo attenti controlli e monitoraggi è stato provato che queste donne non avevano titolo per ricevere assistenza dalla Società, perchè non erano sposate con sauditi.

“Abbiamo un consiglio per il coordinamento, composto da rappresentanti dei ministeri degli esteri, dell’interno e degli affari sociali, oltre che della Società, che fa accertamenti per ogni caso”, ha spiegato.

Ba-Issa ha detto che la Società compie delle visite in loco alle famiglie di uomini sauditi all’estero e verifica le date in cui si sono sposati e le condizioni in cui vivono.

“La Società si occupa solo dei casi in cui un saudita ha sposato una straniera all’estero”, ha detto.

Ba-Issa ha detto che la famiglia riceve aiuto se il marito è in carcere, morto, scappato o se è scomparso senza lasciare tracce. “Abbiamo molti meccanismi per compiere acccertamenti su questi casi, incluse verifiche svolte dalle missioni diplomatiche saudite all’estero che ci stanno dando un grande aiuto”, ha detto.

Secondo Ba-Issa, Awaser attualmente estende il suo aiuto finanziario ad oltre 3.000 famiglie saudite assistite che vivono in circa 30 paesi.

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Draft Law: Organizing The Marriages Of Saudis To Others According To Islamic Shari’ah Rules (Italian Translation)

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Shoura To Study Draft Law On Intermarriages
Okaz/Saudi Gazette | Riyadh
13 June 2013

The Shoura Council on Sunday will start discussing a draft law to regulate marriages between Saudi citizens and residents of other nationalities.

The Council of Ministers returned the 13-article draft paper on intermarriages to the council due to concerns over some of its contents.

The Shoura Council has established a special committee headed by Dr. Abdulrahman Al-Suwailim to reconsider these differences before forwarding the draft project to Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah.

Under Article 17 of the Shoura Council’s statutes, the council’s draft projects will be directly submitted to the King when there are differences in viewpoints with the Council of Ministers.

When finally approved, the new law will replace an older one issued in 1973.

The council has approved this draft project to regulate the marriages of Saudis to other nationalities about two years ago, but the paper was returned by the Council of Ministers to redraft some articles.

The first article was subsequently amended to read: “Organizing the marriages of Saudis to others according to Islamic Shariah rules.”

The council’s special committee endorsed a statute in the draft paper that Saudis will be allowed to marry non-Saudis born in the Kingdom to foreign parents on the condition that the latter has a regular iqama and a Saudi birth certificate issued by the Civil Affairs Department.

The foreigner should have resided in the Kingdom for five consecutive years at the time of applying for marriage.

The committee saw no reason to increase the period of residence in the Kingdom to 10 years, as the Council of Ministers had demanded.

Customs officials have been added to the categories of Saudis allowed to marry non-Saudis, including GCC citizens, after obtaining the consent of the Supreme Authority.

Under the new project, the categories of citizens allowed to marry non-Saudi women included ministers, senior government officials, diplomats, Shoura Council members, military personnel and judges.

Students studying abroad were not included among the categories permitted to marry non-Saudis.

Under the draft law, a special committee comprising representatives from the ministries of foreign affairs, interior and social affairs in addition to the Human Rights Commission will examine the requests of Saudis to marry foreigners.

The law has made it imperative to include in the marriage contract a condition preventing the foreign husband of a Saudi women from traveling outside with his children without his wife’s consent.

Under the draft law, the children of a Saudi woman married to a foreign husband will have the right to medical care, education and employment in the private sector on the same footing as Saudi nationals.

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La Shoura Studia Un Progetto Di Legge Per I Matrimoni Misti
Okaz/Saudi Gazette – Riyadh
13 Giugno 2013
Traduzione Italiana di A.P.

Il Consiglio della Shoura domenica inzierà a discutere un progetto di legge che regoli i matrimoni tra cittadini sauditi e residenti di altre nazionalità

Il Consiglio dei Ministri ha reinviato il progetto di legge di 13 articoli sui matrimoni misti al consiglio a causa della preoccupazione relativa ad alcuni contenuti.

Il Consiglio della Shoura ha creato un comitato speciale guidato dal dott. Abdulrahman Al-Suwailim perchè riprenda in considerazione queste differenze prima di inviare il progetto di legge al Custode delle Due Sacre Moschee re Abdullah.

In base all’ articolo 17 delle norme del Consiglio della Shoura, i progetti di legge del consiglio vengono direttamente sottoposti al re quando ci sono punti di vista diversi con il Consiglio dei Ministri.

Quando verrà finalmente approvata, la nuova legge sostituirà un’altra più vecchia promulgata nel 1973.

Il consiglio ha approvato questo progetto di legge per regolamentare i matrimoni dei sauditi con persone di altre nazionalità circa due anni fa, ma il progetto è stato reinviato al Consiglio dei Ministri per la riformulazione alcuni articoli.

Successivamente il primo articolo è stato modificato come segue: “Organizzare i matrimoni di sauditi con altri in base alle regole della Shariah islamica”.

Il comitato speciale del consiglio ha approvato una norma nel progetto di legge in base alla quale i sauditi saranno autorizzati a sposare non-sauditi nati nel Regno da genitori stranieri a condizione che il potenziale coniuge non-saudita possieda un iqama regolare e un certificato di nascita saudita emesso dal Dipartimento per gli Affari Civili.

Lo straniero dovrebbe essere residente nel Regno da cinque anni consecutivi al momento della domanda di matrimonio.

Il comitato non ha trovato ragioni per aumentare la durata del periodo di residenza nel Regno a 10 anni, come il Consiglio dei Ministri aveva domandato.

Gli ufficiali di dogana sono stati aggiunti alle categorie di sauditi cui è consentito di sposare non-sauditi, inclusi cittadini dei paesi del CCG, dopo aver ottenuto il consenso dell’Autorità Suprema.

In base al nuovo progetto di legge, le categorie di cittadini cui è consentito sposare donne non-saudite comprendono ministri, funzionari governativi senior, diplomatici, membri del Consiglio della Shoura, personale militare e giudici.

Gli studenti che studiano all’estero non sono stati inclusi nelle categorie che hanno il permesso di sposare non-sauditi.

In base al progetto di legge, un comitato speciale di cui fanno parte rappresentanti dei ministeri degli esteri, dell’interno e degli affari sociali oltre alla Commissione per i Diritti Umani, esaminerà le richieste di sauditi di sposare stranieri.

La legge ha reso obbligatorio includere nel contratto di matrimonio una condizione che vieti al marito straniero di una donna saudita di viaggiare all’estero con i figli senza il consenso della moglie.

In base al progetto di legge, i figli di una donna saudita sposata con uno straniero avranno il diritto all’assistenza sanitaria, all’istruzione e al lavoro nel settore privato tanto quanto i cittadini sauditi.