19 Filipinas arrested for attending Halloween party

The Department of Foreign Affairs is verifying reports that 19 Filipinas were arrested for organizing a secret Halloween party at a private resort in Saudi Arabia’s capital Riyadh near midnight on Saturday. The 19, together with five men from Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Yemen and Egypt, may face a jail sentence of not less than one year if charged with immorality or organized witchcraft activity.

SOURCE: 19 Pinays held in Saudi for Halloween party. Pia Lee-Brago (The Philippine Star) - October 29, 2018 - 12:00am. Read more at https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2018/10/29/1864122/19-pinays-held-saudi-halloween-party#vhZkB28SbMzisKOU.99

Ipinagbabawal sa Saudi Arabia ang mga pagtitipon sa publiko na may kaugnayan sa mga non-Islamic events at paghahalo ng mga babae at lalaki. 

Inaresto at ikinulong ang ilang babaeng Pilipino sa Riyadh dahil umano sa kanilang paglahok sa Halloween party.

Ipinagbabawal sa Saudi Arabia ang mga pagtitipon sa publiko na may kaugnayan sa mga non-Islamic events at paghahalo ng mga babae at lalaki.

"So far na alam namin ay resulta po ito ng isang reklamo ng mga residente sa Al Thumama na para tila meron pong activity po doon na ginaganap na medyo past midnight na," paliwanag ni Consul General Christopher Patrick Aro.

SOURCES: https://www.facebook.com/abscbnNEWS/posts/10156650845295168; Mga Pinay na dumalo sa Halloween party sa Riyadh, inaresto. Zhariya Camid-Alamada, ABS-CBN News. Posted at Oct 29 2018 01:36 AM. https://news.abs-cbn.com/overseas/10/29/18/mga-pinay-na-dumalo-sa-halloween-party-sa-riyadh-inaresto
Religious freedom is virtually non-existent. The Government does not provide legal recognition or protection for freedom of religion, and it is severely restricted in practice. As a matter of policy, the Government guarantees and protects the right to private worship for all, including non-Muslims who gather in homes for religious practice; however, this right is not always respected in practice and is not defined in law.

The Saudi Mutaween (Arabic: مطوعين‎), or Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice (i.e., the religious police) enforces the prohibition on the public practice of non-Muslim religions, though its powers were significantly curtailed in April 2016. Sharia applies to all people inside Saudi Arabia, regardless of religion.

SOURCE: Freedom of religion in Saudi Arabia. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freedom_of_religion_in_Saudi_Arabia

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