Posted by: becketfund | February 6, 2009

Saudi Arabia: Only Mosques Designated as Official Places of Worship

RIYADH – A Saudi Arabian official says mosques can be the only places of worship in his country, rejecting pressure to change heavy restrictions on religious besides Islam, the AP reported on February 6. A representative told a United Nations meeting that the kingdom allows other religions in private, but the vice president of the Saudi human rights commission said February 6 that establishing houses of worship for non-Islamic religions was too sensitive an issue. Zaid Al-Hussain informed the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva that there could be no debate. Other countries have urged Saudi Arabia to abolish laws that breach basic human rights such as freedom from discrimination on the basis of religion or belief.


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