Saudi Arabia claiming immunity in High Court over discrimination case

      Published on Monday, 4 November , 2019      207 Views     
Saudi Arabia claiming immunity in High Court over discrimination case


The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has issued High Court proceedings in an employment law case in which it is claiming sovereign immunity.

The case involves a woman, Bushra Ibrahim, who was employed in the Saudi Arabian Cultural Bureau in Dublin between June 2013 and June 2017, working mainly on student requests submitted through an online portal.



The former employee is alleging religious discrimination by the majority Sunni Muslim nation. It is understood she is a Shia Muslim.

In a preliminary hearing to consider only the immunity issue, at the Labour Court last year, Ms Ibrahim said that in February 2017 her role was changed from academic adviser to academic co-ordinator with the cultural centre, and that for the following eight to nine weeks she attended work only to sign in in the morning, and sign out in the afternoon. Her employment was then terminated.

The kingdom, in response, said Ms Ibrahim was on a one-year fixed term contract, that her contract expired in June 2017, and that her dismissal consisted only of non-renewal.

The court said it accepted that the woman’s employment contracts contained a clause purporting to invest the courts in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, with exclusive jurisdiction to deal with any disputes.

However, the court accepted Ms Ibrahim’s evidence that she was merely presented with her contract of employment in Arabic for the purpose of signing it, and was not afforded an opportunity to read it in detail.

It followed, therefore, that the former employee, (who is fluent in English and Arabic), had not given meaningful consent to the exclusive jurisdiction clause in the contracts.

“That being the case, the court finds that the [kingdom] is not entitled to rely on Article 11.2 (f) of the United Nations Convention on Jurisdictional Immunities and their Property 2004.”

Keywords:
Category Government, Life | 2019/11/04 latest update at 10:48 AM
Source : Internet | Photocredit : Google
208 Views
Comments Add comment



Gulf Media

Related Articles

The editorial staff of Saudi Arabia Today would like to give all of its readers from Gulf and Saudi Arabia and the whole world the opportunity to participate actively in the development of the website! If you have something interesting, fun, scandalous - just something worth to be seen from more people. Capture it and share it in the Saudi Arabia Today with a short text.

Do you have information you want to reach our readers?

Send article/s

You can subscribe to our Facebook, Twitter and Google pages or use our RSS feed channel to always read the most important news about Saudi Arabia, the Gulf and the world.


Sponsored Publications



Saudi king hosts CIA chief Gina Haspel for talks King

Saudi king hosts CIA chief Gina Haspel for talks

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman hosted the Central Intelligence Agency’s director Thursday, state media said, after three people were…

Saudi Arabia, Palestinians Agree on Joint Business Council Events

Saudi Arabia, Palestinians Agree on Joint Business Council

Saudi Arabia and the Palestinians agreed on Thursday to establish a joint economic committee and a business council,…

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan in Riyadh after Tehran visit Government

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan in Riyadh after Tehran visit

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan met Saudi Arabia’s King Salman on Tuesday, Saudi state media reported, two days…

What did Putin gift King Salman and Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed? King

What did Putin gift King Salman and Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed?

On his visit to Saudi Arabia and UAE this week, the Russian President brought along a rare and expensive gift…

GULF TV

Popular in GULF TV

PIRELLI “DREAMING” – THE CAL 2019 making of Full Version | Fashion Channel

2504 Views

A photographic tale of the aspirations of four women and their determination to achieve their goals, each one…

Latest videos in GULF TV

Events

Lifestyle

Culture

Sport

Science & Technology

Government