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Rights & Wrongs: Saudi Arabia, Child Soldiers, Australia's Apology, and More

Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2008

WOMEN'S RIGHTS DRIVE CONTINUES IN SAUDI ARABIA -- A royal decree on Jan. 21 allowing women to check in to hotels or rent apartments without male guardians has raised hopes among Saudi women's rights campaigners that another key restriction on Saudi women -- the ability to drive a car -- may soon be removed.

Campaigners have submitted two petitions to King Abdullah since September and are collecting signatures for a third. Meanwhile, a number of Saudi royals have issued fairly pointed statements saying they support women's desire to drive. Since coming to power in 2005, the king has staked out a more liberal position than his predecessors on women's rights. ...

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