Thursday, April 14, 2016

Powers of Saudi Religious Police Are Curbed

Al Jazeera reports that Saudi Arabia's cabinet yesterday voted to strip the country's religious police-- the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice-- of their power to detain or arrest those charged with violations of Islamic religious law.  The new regulations say: "Neither the heads nor members of the Haia are to stop or arrest or chase people or ask for their IDs or follow them - that is considered the jurisdiction of the police or the drug unit." Religious police were told that they should "carry out the duties of encouraging virtue and forbidding vice by advising kindly and gently."