Saudi Arabia To Lift WWE Women’s Wrestling Ban In 2019?

There’s a lot of speculation going around at the moment, suggesting that women may be allowed to wrestle on the next Saudi Arabian show for the very first time.

The Wrestling Observer Newsletter reported last week that WWE had no plans to host an Evolution pay-per-view this year, and Cageside Seats have followed up by stating that there’s a hope that the company would instead market this breakthrough as a landmark similar to last year’s first all-women pay-per-view, though they acknowledge that the odds remain slim.

  • Publisher: WhatCulture.com
  • Date: 2019-03-11T09:07:27+00:00
  • Author: Andrew Murray
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Saudi Arabia Moves Toward Trials of Women’s Rights Activists

BEIRUT, Lebanon ‘ The office of Saudi Arabia’s public prosecutor said late Friday that it had completed its investigation into a group of women’s rights activists, accused of working to ‘undermine the security’ of the kingdom, and was preparing to put them on trial.

The activists were detained last year as the kingdom was preparing to lift its ban on women driving, leading many to assume that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the kingdom’s day-to-day ruler, did not want to share credit for the change with activists who had pushed for it.

Saudi Arabia rebuked over detention of women activists at UN forum

The joint statement was the first collective rebuke of the Gulf kingdom since the council was set up in 2006.

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“Interference in domestic affairs under the guise of defending human rights is in fact an attack on our sovereignty,” said Abdul Aziz Alwasil, the kingdom’s permanent representative in Geneva.

The BBC’s Imogen Foulkes in Geneva says that for years the Human Rights Council has shied away from public criticism of Saudi Arabia.

Many European countries view Riyadh as an ally in a troubled part of the world, restricting their concerns over human rights to private informal chats, our correspondent adds.

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Saudi Arabia women’s rights activists to face trial, prosecutors say

Women’s rights activists in Saudi Arabia who have been detained for nearly a year will be put on trial, the country’s public prosecutor said late Friday, as Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman faces growing scrutiny over his leadership.

The women are accused of coordinating activities that “aim to undermine the Kingdom’s security, stability, and national unity,” the prosecutor said in a statement released by the Saudi press agency.

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‘The Saudi prosecution is bringing charges against the women’s rights activists instead of releasing them unconditionally,’ said the group’s deputy Middle East director Michael Page. ‘The Saudi authorities have done nothing to investigate serious allegations of torture, and now, it’s the women’s rights activists, not any torturers, who face criminal charges and trials.’

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