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Religious police to learn diplomatic skills

ICC Note

We hope that the trainings the religious police in Saudi Arabia get will stop them from abusing the rights of Christians and others who have been harassed by them.

By Mariam Al Hakeem

January 24, 2008, 17:51 Saudi Arabia (gulfnews.com)- Riyadh : Members of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice will be trained on how to deal with diplomats and foreign non-Muslims in Saudi Arabia .

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Dr Nasser Al Marzouqi Al Buqmi, supervisor of development programmes department at the institute, said on Thursday that the training programme for the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice (CPVPV) members will be under the title ‘Skills of dealing with diplomats and other foreign non-Muslims in the Kingdom’. The course will be held on April 20.

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In the past few months, CPVPV, or the ‘religious police’, came under attack from the Saudi press and websites after several people died or were injured following raids by religious police members in some parts of the kingdom.

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The religious body is often criticised by international human rights organisations.

The new training programme aims at enlightening the commission members on how to deal with diplomats and non Muslims working or coming to visit Saudi Arabia .

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