Tag: Saudi Arabia

Amnesty: “Cleric hospitalized after five months in solitary confinement must be released”

solitary prisonThe hospitalization of Sheikh Salman al-Awda, aside from being deeply worrying and traumatic for his family, highlights his shameful treatment by the Saudi authorities.
Saudi Arabian authorities must release a prominent reformist cleric who has been held in solitary confinement for five months without charge or trial, Amnesty International said today amid growing fears for his health.

Sheikh Salman al-Awda’s family learnt yesterday that he has been hospitalized in the city of Jeddah. His family have not been given further details of his condition…more: amnesty.org

Saudi Arabia and Russia among 37 states backing China’s Xinjiang policy

Saudi Arabia and Russia among 37 states backing China's Xinjiang policy…China has been accused of detaining a million Muslims and persecuting ethnic Uighurs in Xinjiang, and 22 ambassadors signed a letter to the U.N. Human Rights Council this week criticizing its policies….As well as Saudi Arabia and Russia, the letter was signed by ambassadors from many African countries, North Korea, Venezuela, Cuba, Belarus, Myanmar, the Philippines, Syria, Pakistan, Oman, Kuwait, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.more: reuters

Six months on: How Jamal Khashoggi’s death changed Saudi Arabia forever

Six months have passed since Jamal Khashoggi walked into the Saudi consulate in Istanbul and never came out.

Every new gruesome detail of the pop-up abattoir that Khashoggi strode into – and there are more to come – of the Tiger Squad that organised his and other dissidents’ deaths, of the cover up and the denials, has deepened the crisis for Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman who is believed to have ordered Khashoggi’s killing…..MORE: middleeasteye.net

China, Saudi Arabia, Venezuela in hot seat at U.N. rights forum

Image result for China, Saudi Arabia, Venezuela in hot..Saudi Arabia will face criticism for the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and its failure to cooperate with a U.N.-led inquiry, diplomatic sources said.

And ambassadors from some European countries plan to boycott a speech by Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza on Tuesday, as more countries back opposition leader Juan Guaido and spurn President Nicolas Maduro, they add….MORE: .reuters

SAUDI M. B. S. DEFENDS CHINA’S USE OF CONCENTRATION CAMPS FOR MUSLIMS!

On Friday, the leader colloquially known as MBS arrived in China, another country accused of authoritarianism, to meet with officials there. He was greeted by China’s Vice Premier Han Zheng and signed key agreements with Beijing related to energy production and the chemical industry. During his visit, he also appeared to defend China’s use of re-education camps for its country’s Muslim population…..

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Saudi Arabia Declares War on America’s Muslim Congresswomen

Congresswoman Ilhan Omar speaking to a group of volunteers in Minneapolis, Minnesota on Oct. 13, 2018. (Kerem Yucel/AFP/Getty Images)Ever since the midterm election, conservative media in the United States have targeted with special zeal Ilhan Omar, an incoming Somali-American Democratic congresswoman and a devout Muslim who wears hijab. In response to Democrats’ push to remove a headwear ban on the House floor to accommodate Omar, conservative commentator and pastor E.W. Jackson complained on a radio show that Muslims were transforming Congress into an “Islamic republic.”…MORE: foreignpolicy.com

Spying on spouse’s phone now punishable by law in Saudi Arabia

Saudi law will punish spouses in the case of illegally spying on each other’s phone and will add it to crimes related to information technology.

The punishment ranges from imprisonment for a period not exceeding one year, and a fine of not more than 500,000 riyals ($133,000), or either one of these penalties in case the husband or wife are spying on the other’s phone, in order to catch a wrongful act….more: .alarabiya.net