Around 50 foreign maids are being held on death row in Saudi Arabia, and there is growing alarm at the kingdom’s treatment of its foreign workforce.

The issue has captured international attention in the wake of growing revulsion at the beheading of Sri Lankan domestic worker Rizana Nafeek.”

"Women will finally be allowed to vote in Saudi Arabia’s Shura Council, a consultative assembly with legislative powers, under a decree by King Abdullah.

Saudi Press Agency reported that the king had appointed 30 women to the 150-member advisory body after adjusting the law to make 20 percent of its members should be women.”

Sri Lankan Woman Rizana Nafeek Beheaded in Saudi Arabia

"A Sri Lankan woman has been executed in Saudi Arabia for allegedly killing a baby in her care in 2005. 

Rizana Nafeek was beheaded despite efforts to prevent the sentence being carried out - she was just 17 at the time the baby died, meaning her execution breached international child rights.”