Sep 29, 2011

VOA Special English News 52

Saudi activists say a court in Jeddah sentenced a Saudi woman to ten blows from a whip for violating a banned on women's driving. No written law in Saudi Arabia bars women from driving, only religious orders or "fatwas". The orders come from a conservative form of Islam called Wahhabism. The sentencing comes two days after Saudi Arabia King's Abdulla announced that women will have the right to vote and compete in local elections. The right is to start in 2015. Amnesty International welcomed the announcement. But group said the King's reform is not meaningful if women still face punishment trying to exercise their right to freedom of movement.

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