Monday, August 21, 2006

Ban on Saudi Men Driving in the EU?

Bismillah Arrahman AlRaheem: In the Name of Allah The Most Beneficient The Most Merciful

This European MP (member of Parliament) is starting a campaign to prevent Saudi men from driving in the EU. Would you take his stand and try to help Saudi women to start driving, or do you think he's out of his mind?


Call for driving ban on Saudi men

Friday, 31st March 2006

In a remarkable move today, four MEPs, including East Midlands MEP Roger Helmer and Anna Zaborska, Chairman of the European Parliament's influential Women's Committee, have launched a campaign to ban Saudi Arabian men from driving in all EU countries.

They have done so to highlight the continuing ban on Saudi women driving in their own country, which the MEPs claim is a blatant example of discrimination, an attack on women's rights, and totally at odds with civilised values. They argue that a move to ban male Saudi nationals from driving in the EU would help the Saudi authorities to understand the very strong condemnation evoked in Europe by the Saudi ban on women drivers.

The MEPs have sponsored a "Written Declaration" in the European parliament in Brussels, a motion which is available for all MEPs to sign, and which becomes a formal resolution of the parliament if at least half of all MEPs (316) sign up to it.

The sponsors of the Declaration are Anna Zaborska (Christian Democrat, Slovakia), Roger Helmer (Conservative, East Midlands); Ashley Mote (Independent, South East); and Jim Allister (Democratic Unionist, Northern Ireland).

Speaking at the launch of the declaration, Mr Helmer said

"The nationals of authoritarian countries assume that they can come to the West and enjoy our freedoms, while maintaining discrimination and denying basic human rights at home. This initiative should help to convince them that freedom is a two-way street and that their own people are also entitled to basic human rights".


Blogger FA$HIONISTA said...

this is a newspaper article wila ?

1:00 PM  
Blogger lil fishy said...

hmmm, not really sure wut to say, but there argument doesnt make complete sense. i honestly dont think they should or will pass this law cuz itll affect their relations with saudi arabia and maybe their economies if saudis dont go to the EU anymore. ya3ni itll end up making a mess.

1:59 PM  
Blogger Raven said...

I believe so.. the link is to his site, but I think he published it in some places..

Lil fishy,
That makes sense, it could of course develop into a more serious matter where not only travel is boycotted, but economic and government intervention might rise..

2:53 AM  
Blogger KGB agent said...

hope they SUCCEED with this campaign ... wohowww.. believe me they DESERVE IT..
Europe is gonna be MUCH BETTER without them.. h3h3h3
i hope when i get there 1 day that i don't see any saudi faces.. they're just ruining the lovely italia streets.. :(
i'm with them in this campaign to BAN Saudi Arabian men from driving in all EU countries 100%.. ^_^

8:46 PM  
Blogger Raven said...


You're really enjoying this.. I agree somewaht with you, yet I don't like the lagafa sense that these Britons have.. Because it is more a "superior/inferior" mentality.. not something constructive..


8:52 PM  
Blogger Farooha said...

Halla Yamen,

In all honesty, it's absurd.
First of all, it'll fall on deaf ears seeing as how most of the males who do go to Europe, are people who I doubt have ANY problem with their women driving. The men who really need some sense knocked into them here are back home in Rio/Qaseem/Hayel/Taif etc. The stubborn rigid holier than thou type is the one we need to get to not the happy go lucky tourist.
Second, even if it does get to them, seeing as how Europe is Western and seeing as how we suffer quite a swelling inferiority complex that loves playing victim to the West, this will NEVER work JUST BECAUSE it's coming from the west. I quite believe that if change is ever to be implemented that it must come from within.
Third, this slightly borders on discrimination. Why is the Saudi man being punished for the laws his country puts forth? It's not his fault. Perhaps he himself is looking for solice in Europe.

Am I right? Back me up someone :-D

I think the first step to female autonomy is that tram they're building in Rio. It'll give women the independence they deserve, yet do so indirectly. (they're not the ones driving, yet they're also not depending on ANYONE not even a driver) I can't wait till that sets into their mentalities.. then it's To Autonomy and Beyond!

8:58 PM  
Blogger Raven said...


I agree.. Change has to come from within, my intro to Saudi Arabia "effort to educate the world's ignoramuses"

tackles that issue specifically in the Saudi case..

You are right also, it is discriminatory, this person probably doesn't realize how much money Britain makes annually from Saudis, and how this would affect the European economy, especially after America lost it's prominence as the typical vacation getaway post 9/11..

As for the tram, I've heard and heard, but haven't SEEN anything yet.. i'm very optimistic but i'm losing patience!

But do you really think those who are extremely against women driving will let their wives and daughters board a tram? Unless there are female compartments and they see that it is effectively separated, they'll probably prevent them also.


10:55 AM  
Blogger Farooha said...

Necessity, my sweet, it dictates.

Most women are barely getting places now, even with drivers. Even well to do families with 2+ drivers complain daily about them not quite being able to cover all the females' mashaweer. So, yes I presume their need will compel them into accepting it. That along with the money it'll save them (if the prices are reasonable) should be inducive enough.

But I am quite an optimist, so... Allahu a3lam

3:55 AM  
Blogger BandaR said...

It makes me mad how Saudis abused the name of religion and gave Islam a bad image in doing such if women drive every one is going to be like :O OMG and the truth is there is no problem with it...everything in Islam is 7alal unless there is something in the Quran or Sonnah that says its not...I dont remember anything like: women were not allowed to ride horses :S...
man I remember this guy sending me a "fatwah" about women driving saying its 7aram :S and I couldnt hold myself from answering him back...OMG the guy was so hard headed and kept saying 3olama2 knows more than you do :s....idiot I have a brain and I know what makes sense and what doesnt...give something stating that!!!


4:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do Europe want to go on bicycles again?

11:35 PM  
Blogger xihua said...

lol its a funny article...
crazy as it is, it would be funny if they did it, so then the saudi kings etc can get female drivers whilst in EU. hahahahaa. Im muslim and this is my opinion. They deserve it,they should live like a women and what its like parading brothers/dad/uncle around when u need to do little things like stretch a leg.

Women should drive in KSA. Not only that, they should be given all their ISLAMIC RIGHTS!

7:38 AM  

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