Abdullah lets rape victim off the hook

Monday, December 17, 2007 at 14:39 | Posted in Human rights, saudi arabia | Leave a comment

Al Jazeera writes that king Abdullah of Saudi Arabia has granted a royal pardon to the 19 year old rape victim that I wrote about last month. The young lady, known as the “Qatif girl” was sentenced to 200 lashes and six months in jail for being alone with an unrelated man. Both of them were victims of a gang bang rape by seven bandits.

Saudi justice minister Mohammed al-Sheik told al Jazeera:

The king always looks into alleviating the suffering of the citizens when he becomes sure that these verdicts will leave psychological effects on the convicted people, though he is convinced and sure that the verdicts were fair.

Which makes it look like the king did the right thing for the wrong reason. I am pretty sure the girl would have had no chance without the numerous international protests against this barbarian verdict. While the outcome is, of course, good for the young lady, human rights still remain absent from Saudi Arabia.

A bunch of cowards

Thursday, November 22, 2007 at 6:44 | Posted in Human rights, saudi arabia, USA | 1 Comment

Only a coward hits a woman, right? Much less so a rape victim. A young woman in Saudi Arabia known as the “Qatif girl” has been sentenced to 200 lashes and six months in jail.

Say what? A rape victim is sentenced? And not only to jail but to a cruel and inhuman punishment?

You read right. As the BBC reports, the woman was travelling in a car with a male friend as their car was attacked by a bunch of bandits who raped both of them. Both rape victims have now been convicted to lashes because they are unrelated. This is why the Saudi Justice Ministry says the sentence is justified.

I say the Saudi Justice Ministry consists of a bunch of cowards. But they are not the only ones. President Bush has refused to put pressure to Saudi king Abdullah. That makes him a coward as well.

And there are more cowards to be mentioned. According to the BBC

A state department spokesman on Tuesday called the verdict “astonishing”, but said it was not its place to call for the ruling to be changed.

So the US State Department has a coward as their spokesman.

I have on one earlier occasion written about the absence of human rights in Saudi Arabia but this case is just unbelievable even in Saudi standards.

I wonder if king Abdullah is a coward as well.

Footage of Saudi Arabia

Thursday, September 27, 2007 at 1:47 | Posted in saudi arabia, video, youtube | 1 Comment
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Asharq Alawsat writes (via Chawed Rosin) that two members of Saudi Arabia’s religious police, officially known as “Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice”, were verbally assaulted and sprayed with pepper gas by two “inappropriately-dressed females” at a market place in the Eastern province Dr. Mohamed bin Marshood al-Marshood:

According to Dr. Al-Marshood, the two commission members approached the girls in order to “politely” advise and guide them regarding their inappropriate clothing.

Consequently, the two girls started verbally abusing the commission members, which then lead to one of the girls pepper-spraying them in the face as the other girl filmed the incident on her mobile phone, while continuing to hurl insults at them.

I was browsing in YouTube to find some adequate video footage but I was not very surprised that I found none of this incident. The girls would obviously either not have had a chance to post it or they were too scared to post it.

Instead I stumbled into an interesting trailer of a documentary: Saudi Arabia – under the veil

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