Thursday 4 September 2008 (04 Ramadan 1429)

                  HRC opens women's wing in Riyadh
                  Mohammed Rasooldeen I Arab News 
                  RIYADH: The Human Rights Commission (HRC) announced yesterday 
the opening of its women's branch here to look into cases of human rights 
violations against women and children.

                  "'Dignity of women and childhood support' is the motto of 
this new wing," said Wafiqah Al-Dakhil, the newly appointed head of the women's 

                  She added that its aim is to create awareness about the laws 
pertaining to women and children through campaigns and define rights as 
established by Islam.

                  Al-Dakhil said the new wing would seek the help of volunteers 
and experts from all parts of the Kingdom to accomplish its mission. She also 
registered her thanks to HRC President Turki Al-Sudairy for the establishment 
of the new wing that would concentrate on women and children.

                  She said she looks forward to expanding the existing section 
by adding new departments. 

                  "Our activities would include organizing programs for raising 
awareness about children and their families on children's rights; receiving 
children's complaints; and providing legal intervention in guardianship, 
citizenship issues and child abuse cases," she added. 

                  The new wing will have a team of specialists in psychology 
and sociology, who will receive complaints relating to violence, sexual 
harassment, arbitrary divorce, rape and personal cases

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