RIYADH – Princess Adilah Bint Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz, Deputy Chairperson of the National Family Safety Program, said the negative picture of human rights in the Kingdom cannot be denied and that it was wrong to suggest that family violence problems do not exist in the Kingdom.
Princess Adilah stressed the importance of confronting this phenomenon to create a positive impact noting that “Islamic laws (Shariah) should be the guiding principle in the human rights field.”
The most important thing, she said, is to support the aggrieved families because they suffer from social and financial pressures.
Princess Adilah made the comments on the sidelines of signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the National Society for Human Rights (NSHR) and the Family Safety Program at the National Guard to work jointly for the elimination of family violence.
She said the partnership marks a new era of cooperation between the two organizations.
The objective of the program is to reform families and protect them from disintegration, she said, while stressing the importance of establishing protection homes for victims of violence.
Princess Adilah also called for deterrent laws to protect women from family violence.
Meanwhile, Al-Jawhara Bin Muhammad Al-Anqari, Deputy Chairperson of the NSHR, said one of the impediments obstructing the curbing of family violence is the lack of an authorized body to look into these cases. Another factor is that the judiciary is divided over the classification of violence cases and the definition of family violence. The NSHR, he said, has been pressing for the creation of a family police force and has also been calling for compulsory education for husbands guilty of violent behavior and the payment of obligatory alimony.
Referring to a draft law proposed by the King Khalid Foundation, which is being examined by a ministerial committee, Princess Adilah noted that it includes rules defining family violence and penalties. She said the draft would be referred to the Shoura Council and to King Abdullah for approval.– Okaz/SG