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""There is no jurisdiction over the minors in the 18-year-old" The title of the news is the most recent sensation on the social networking sites and pages of the Saudis during the last few days The title is due to a previous report published by the Saudi newspaper Okaz on 9 July 2019, In Saudi Arabia aimed at "dropping the mandate on the minor by the age of eighteen."

"A committee consisting of the Ministry of Justice, the Board of Grievances, the Supreme Council of the Judiciary and the Public Prosecutor's Office was set up to study the addition of a ruling to the Shari'a Proceedings Law of 1435, which stipulates that the minor must be completed by the age of eighteen , Unless the court decides to continue it, and if the minor wishes to prove his reason before that, it shall be through the competent court. "

The lack of clarity of this news, in turn, has generated mixed reactions among Saudis in general and Saudi women in particular, whose questions have focused primarily on the seriousness of the trend towards dropping the mandate for women and their actual chances of it?

The resolution will, if passed, grant Saudi women the right to make their own decisions when they reach the age of 18, which includes the issuance of a passport and travel outside the country.

The time has come for reform to be "comprehensive"

No official decision was made until these lines were written, but in an article for The Wall Street Journal, Published on 11 July 2019 under the title "Saudis plan to ease travel restrictions on women", quoted Saudi officials and unnamed sources as saying that "Saudi Arabia plans this year to ease travel restrictions for Saudi women without the permission of the guardian" . According to the sources, the plan will end state travel laws for men and women over the age of 18, allowing them to travel outside the kingdom without the consent of a male family member.

At present, women of all ages and men under the age of 21 need permission from the guardian to travel outside the Kingdom. "There is no doubt that the leadership, the government and the people want to see this change," the source said, without elaborating. "The same source said:" The current debate is about how to achieve this as quickly as possible without causing a stir, "and always talk to the American newspaper.

Mohammed bin Abdullah al-Zulfi, a former member of the Saudi Shoura Council, said in an interview with the newspaper Arab that no official decision has been issued yet, but as long as there is talk about it, it is expected to be issued. "I imagine that the country is undergoing a major reform movement at all levels, and the biggest part of these reforms has been enjoyed by women who have been far from the reform movement.

Issuing laws and then "circumventing" them

The reform plan comes at a time of rising international criticism of Saudi Arabia because of the human rights situation and the rights of women in particular, because of the continued detention of Saudi women activists and some of them talk about being subjected to torture, which the Kingdom denies. Activists and diplomats say their arrest is likely to be a message to militants not to push demands that are not in line with the government's agenda. Which may appear to be contrary to the trend announced within the Kingdom.

The contradiction is explained by Saudi-based Saudi women's activist Regina Nasr as evidence that "there is no real intention of reform." Nasr said in her interview withArab: "It is just an attempt to calm the international public opinion and international human rights organizations The position of Saudi Arabia is now critical to the international community as a state presumed to be civilized, but the provisions and laws in force within the Queen are less than rudimentary.

Nasr believes that Al-Saud is now among an international community that is trying to please him by codifying the laws and making them more civil and among a tribal internal society that sees his honor, his dignity and his dignity in women and their control.

On the question, if the plan to drop the mandate, Nasr believes that virtually nothing will change in the status of Saudi women and the state will find a way and a way out to put in place a visible law that will free women, but it will be followed by other laws restricting women.

"Let the women drive is a vivid example of what is happening in Saudi Arabia," says a female activist. "In front of the international community, Saudi Arabia allowed women to drive and obtain driving licenses without reference to the guardian. "If women committed any traffic violations, they would be placed in care homes or prisons and could only go out with the consent of their guardian."

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