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(Saudi) Deadly Moral Police Pursuits Raise Public Concerns...

MARCH 24 - The National Society for Human Rights in Saudi Arabia (NSHR) have accused the religious police of abusing their power, stating clear offences that come after months of protests and criticism, even in the media, in a report claiming "excessive" and "illegal" behaviour. Growing intolerance of moderates, popular opinion, incidents and deaths provoked by the "zeal" of the commission for the protection of virtues and the prevention of vice (the name of the surveillance group known as the religious police) led to a call for King Abdallah Bin Saud bin Abdel Aziz to replace the previous head of the religious police with a more moderate figure in February. A change to the conformist leaders in a broader reshuffling of the leadership of the ultra-conservative country amid cautious reforms promoted by the king involved, among others, the Minister of Culture. Culture - the focus of the Bo


Added: Mar-25-2009 
Middle East
Tags: islam, moral, police
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