Saudi Arabia Continues Human Rights Crackdown
There were two disturbing reports from Saudi Arabia last week. The first was that Abdel-Karim al-Khadar, a professor of Islamic Studies and vocal critic of religious extremism and militancy, was sentenced to 10 years in prison and banned from traveling abroad for another 10 years, on charges of disobeying the ruler, founding a human rights organization, supporting protests, violating Internet laws through his posts and accusing Saudi authorities of human rights abuses.
So Saudi Arabia, which has now been elevated to the U.N. Human Rights Council and is Chair of the panel that selects experts to investigate abuses (see prior post Meet the U.N.’s New
Offender Defender Pretender of Human Rights – Saudi Arabia), has sentenced someone to prison for founding a human rights organization and daring to suggest that the Saudi’s were violating human rights.
In addition, there are also reports that the Saudi government may soon proceed with the beheading and crucifixion of Ali al-Nimr who was arrested at the age of 17 for participating in Arab Spring protests.
Yet because the Saudi’s are a longstanding ally, our second largest supplier of oil and the largest purchaser of U.S. weapons, I expect that there is little that western governments will do or say in response. That is the price of our continued dependence on foreign oil.
Below is a slide presentation: Saudi Arabia: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly.
Part 1: The Good
Part 2: The Bad
Part 3: The Ugly