Saudi Arabia has one of the worst human rights records in the world, for the past decades and in complete violation of international law, the country has routinely imprisoned and executed dozens if not hundreds of its citizens, arguing national security and religion to instill terror among the public.
Since King Salman took to the throne in January 2014, his reign has been colored red with the blood of innocence. Saudi Arabia has executed an estimated 175 people in the past year, at a rate of one every two days, reported Amnesty International. The kingdom killed 102 convicted criminals in the first six months of 2015 alone – Those killed include children, and disabled people.
How many Raif Badawi will the world need before silence can be broken? Raif Badawi is a Saudi Arabian writer and activist and the creator of the website Free Saudi Liberals. He was arrested in 2012 on a charge of insulting Islam through electronic channels and brought to court on several charges, including apostasy. In 2013, he was convicted of several charges and sentenced to seven years in prison and 600 lashes. In 2014, he was re-sentenced to 1,000 lashes, ten years in prison, and a fine. The lashes were to be carried out over 20 weeks. The first 50 were administered on January 9, 2015. The second set has been postponed due to Badawi’s poor health. Badawi is known to have hypertension and his health has worsened since the flogging began.His wife, Ensaf Haidar, fears he will perish should the authorities decide to carry out the remnant of his sentence.
Despite calls from the international community, Saudi Arabia’s Supreme Court upheld the sentence of 1,000 lashes and ten years in prison in June 2015.
How many of our boys, how many Ali Mohammad al-Nimr will have to be tortured and unjustly sentenced to death before we dare hold this oil super-power accountable?
Gerald Staberock, secretary general of the World Organisation Against Torture said, “The problem in Saudi Arabia is that the judicial system is used as a tool against those who want more freedom. In Saudi Arabia there is the so-called ‘religious police’, whose role is to find human rights advocates and freedom fighters and punish them. And then there are high courts, which do not function like in Western countries: They are not in charge of guaranteeing protection of rights, but making sure that punishments are carried out. There are also reports stating that many people who are imprisoned, often without being charged, are also tortured as the scope is to humiliate them and make them suffer. Inmates are also tortured because the Saudi Arabian legal system is based on confessions. This is a gross violation of international standards, considering the fact that Saudi Arabia voluntarily subscribed to the UN convention against torture.”
Saudi Arabia is a terror state. Saudi Arabia is the enemy of its own people. Its royals have maimed, tortured, humiliated and oppressed entire communities on account they COULD. In Saudi Arabia no man, woman or child is safe from the rapacious hands of a system build around the most violent, abusive and reactionary regime in the world.
Last April, the kingdom introduced a new law expanding the concept of terrorism. The new legislation – which uses a broad definition of “terrorism” to include any act intended to insult the reputation of the state, harm public order or destabilise the security of society – is a threat to freedom of speech and thought in the kingdom.
“The law allows people in power to crackdown on anyone,” Sara Hashash, Middle East and North Africa press officer at Amnesty International, wrote Amnesty International. “The recent crackdown in the kingdom is targeting civil and political associations and human rights organisations. Lots of people are prisoners of conscience and they are detained forcefully for simply stating their opinions.”
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