Monday, April 16, 2012

Saudi bans gays, tomboys from public schools

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has banned gays and tomboys from its government schools and universities, Dubai-based TV and news site Emirates 24/7 reported.

In the news published April 16, Saudi's Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, the most feared law enforcement authority in the oil-rich country, has been asked to enforce the new orders.

"Instructions have been issued to all public schools and universities to ban the entry of gays and tomboys and to intensify their efforts to fight this phenomenon, which has been promoted by some websites," newspaper Sharq Arabic language daily said.

The paper however did not make clear who issued the "high-level" instructions, but said gay and tomboy students "can go back to schools and universities if they prove they have been corrected and have stopped such practices."

The Saudi government follows Shari'ah law, which strictly prohibits the public display of homosexual behavior.

Saudi Arabia is the second leading destination of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), with over 1.5 million Filipinos as of 2010.

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