Friday, November 20, 2015

Saudi's "hypocrisy" by "supporting terrorists" in Syria condemn Russian-Iranian invasion of Syria

Saudi's "hypocrisy" by "supporting terrorists" in Syria condemn Russian-Iranian invasion of Syria 

George Bush, Salman
Wish I could chop of a few heads myself Habeeb
The Human Rights Committee of the UN General Assembly on Thursday evening, November 19 adopted a draft resolution submitted by Saudi Arabia, which condemns the Russian-Iranian invasion of Syria.
Approved Resolution 115 UN member states, 51 countries "abstained" and "against" expressed the 15-member organization. In fact, the UN member states voted overwhelmingly (all in the committee registered 193 state) condemned Moscow for a special operation in the Middle East.
Russian and Iranian delegations have called "useless" and "unreasonable" the decision of the majority of representatives of the countries of the Committee.
The text, however, the direct aggression of the Russian Federation in Syria says it is only implied. Countries UN strongly condemned the attack on the Syrian opposition and called for an immediate end to the bombing. The resolution states that the actions of the Russians and the Iranians only lead to the widening influence in the terrorist organization "Islamic State", "Al-Nusra Front" and others.
Ambassador to the UN from the Kremlin's protege - Syrian President Bashar Assad - rejected the resolution, accusing the Saudis in the "hypocrisy" and "supporting terrorists" in Syria. The Iranians, in turn, said that the authors of the document text "blur the clear distinction between terrorists and those who fight them"

Saudi Arabia publicly beheads a Burmese woman in the Saudi city of Mecca

A Burmese woman was publicly beheaded in the Saudi city of Mecca on Monday, January 12, triggering a heated debate regarding the cruelty of the punishment.
“Laila Bint Abdul Muttalib Basim, a Burmese woman who resided in Saudi Arabia, was executed by sword on Monday after being dragged through the street and held down by four police officers,” the Independent reported.
The woman was convicted of the physical abuse and murder of her seven-year-old step-daughter.
Footage of the execution was obtained by the Middle East Eye (MEE), an independent news agency. It showed the decapitation of the Burmese woman in detail, according to the media outlet. On the verge of death, Laila Bint Abdul Muttalib Basim insisted that she was not guilty of killing the child. An executioner proceeded to slash her neck with a sword, making her scream loudly with pain. It took almost  three blows to sever her head from her body.
A Saudi human rights activist noted that the Burmese woman was not injected with painkillers before the execution, explaining that the authorities wanted to inflict maximum suffering on her.
“Authorities have two methods of beheading people. One way is to inject the prisoner with painkillers to numb the pain and the other is without the painkiller. This woman was beheaded without painkillers – they wanted to make the pain more powerful for her,” said Mohammed al-Saeedi, an activist from the Eastern Province, as quoted by the MEE.
The video of the execution was uploaded onto YouTube and sparked a heated debate in the social media. The MEE pointed out that some posters expressed their doubts regarding the woman’s guilt since she had continued to profess her innocence until she was put to death.
“A guilty offender, at the moment of execution, is plagued by their conscience, and the best conclusion to an execution is if the sentenced person confesses to the crime. This woman’s insistence that she is innocent and never committed the murder is more than a small sign that we should question how she confessed and the documents according to which she was sentenced,” an unnamed blogger wrote, as cited by the MEE.
It should be noted that Saudi Arabia’s authorities beheaded a total of 87 people in 2014 and 78 in 2013. The woman was the ninth person to be executed by sword in 2015. Human Rights Watch’s Adam Coogle, a Middle East researcher, revealed that 43 percent of the people who were beheaded in 2014 were foreigners, including two women.

The Basis of Brutality: Torture in Saudi Arabia

17 September 2015 – Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain (ADHRB) and the Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy (BIRD) are pleased to announce the publishing of a new report entitled The Basis of Brutality, which examines the Saudi government’s adherence to the UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (UN-CAT).
Click here to read a PDF of the report.
18 years have passed since the Saudi government acceded to the UN-CAT. Despite binding itself to those international statutes that mandate that Convention parties “take effective legislative, administrative, judicial or other measures to prevent acts of torture in any territory under its jurisdiction,” Saudi officials have vacillated between ignoring and abetting acts of torture and otherwise degrading punishment.
In The Basis of Brutality, Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain (ADHRB) and the Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy (BIRD) outline a regime of torture so embedded in the current Saudi administration of criminal justice as to seem inseparable from it. The report does more, however, than simply list inhumane interrogation methods. Rather, it demonstrates how the entire system of Saudi Criminal justice, from prison guards to appellate judges, enables acts of torture and violent degradation.
To complete this report, staff at ADHRB and BIRD structured their research around a set of conclusions and recommendations delivered by the UN Committee against Torture to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in 2002. The Committee produced a strong report, coupled with an actionable set of recommendations for reforms that would raise accountability for government torturers and reduce the prevalence of degrading treatment within the Saudi legal system. 13 years later, in January 2015, the Saudi government submitted its belated response to these reform proposals in the form of its second periodic report to the Committee. As The Basis of Brutality demonstrates, many of these recommendations have not neared even partial implementation, and the Saudi government’s replies to the Committee’s concerns range from incomplete to evasive.
Stalled progress, however, is no invitation to inaction. The Committee’s recommendations are as sound for 2015 as they were for 2002. The international community cannot accept torture in Saudi Arabia as a given, must not allow it to become normalized in the minds of the global public. By submitting this report, ADHRB and BIRD hope to, in our own limited capacity, shake the international community from its complacency and bring effective pressure to bear on the Saudi government.
Click here to read a PDF of the report.

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