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Saudi government ‘wants to EXECUTE gay people who show their sexuality in public & online'
SAUDI law makers could impose the death penalty on gay people who show their sexuality in public and on social media, according to reports.
By CHARLIE PEAT
PUBLISHED: 01:59, Wed, Mar 30, 2016
The government in the Sunni Kingdom is reportedly demanding tougher punishments on those found guilty and claimed social media has caused a boom in homosexuality.
According to Okaz newspaper, the last six months has seen 35 cases of homosexuality and 50 cases of cross-dressers as well as cases of "sexual perversion” in Saudi Arabia.
The judiciary reportedly also claimed there has been a large rise in "perverts" displaying "sins and obscenities" on social media in the Sunni Kingdom.
It comes after a Saudi man was arrested this week when he raised the rainbow flag outside his home in Jeddah.
The doctor was arrested by religious police within hours of hoisting the flag in the port city.
But he was released shortly afterwards when he claimed he had no idea what the pride flag symbolised.
In addition, Okaz reported that a man in his 50s was arrested for making sexual advances to men online.
He allegedly begged for forgiveness during the police interrogation and said he would not do it again.
The calls from the law makers has seen a backlash on social media with some using the hashtag #I_am_gay_will_not_be_deterred.
One tweeted: "I stand with the Saudi Arabian LGBT community."
Currently, the Saudi government hands out fines, prison sentences and whipping for being openly gay.
A second conviction automatically merits automatic executions although vigilante executions are also common.
Juvenile prisoner faces 'death by crucifixion' after appeal is dismissed
By Priya Joshi
International Business Times
Sep 17, 2015
prisoner in Saudi Arabia, who was sentenced to death as a child, faces
"death by crucifixion" after a final appeal has been dismissed. Ali
Mohammed al-Nimr was arrested on 14 February 2012 when he was just 17,
during a crackdown on anti-government protests in the Shiite province
of Qatif. He was accused by the authorities of participation in illegal
protests and of firearms offences, despite there being no evidence to
justify the latter charge.
was initially held at a juvenile offenders facility, where he was
denied access to lawyers. Evidence indicates that he was tortured and
forced to sign a document which was tantamount to a confession. The
signed document formed the basis of the case against him and he was
convicted of the alleged offences by the Specialised Criminal Court
(SCC). However, the trials failed to meet international standards. Ali
and his family have strongly denied the charges against him, but, after
the final appeal - which was held in secret and without Ali's knowledge
- was dismissed, there are few legal options remaining to oppose the
sentence originally handed down on 27 May 2014. It is feared that Ali
could be executed in a matter of days.
case against Ali appears to be based on his familial connection to
Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, a 53-year old critic of the Saudi regime and a
prominent religious leader in the Kingdom, who is his uncle. Mr Al Nimr
was sentenced to death by crucifixion on charges including 'insulting
the King' and delivering religious sermons that 'disrupt national
unity'. This week, it emerged that the authorities plan to execute
Ali's uncle on Thursday (17 September) sparking fears that his nephew
will also be killed.
Human rights organization Reprieve has urged the European Union to intervene with Saudi Arabia to prevent the killings.
on the inhumane and unjust sentence, Maya Foa, Director of the death
penalty team at legal charity Reprieve said: "No one should have to go
through the ordeal Ali has suffered – torture, forced 'confession,' and
an unfair, secret trial process, resulting in a sentence of death by
'crucifixion.' But worse still, Ali was a vulnerable child when he was
arrested and this ordeal began. His execution – based apparently on the
authorities' dislike for his uncle, and his involvement in
anti-government protests – would violate international law and the most
basic standards of decency. It must be stopped."
is just one of a number of young protestors including Dawoud Hussain
al-Marhoon, who have been sentenced to death following involvement in
anti-government protests. In January 2015, prominent Saudi blogger Raif
Al-Badawi received the first of 1000 lashes as part of his sentence for
his statements criticising the Saudi regime in 2012.
a post to the NGO's website Foa added: "Saudi Arabia's wave of
executions since the start of this year has provoked widespread
disgust. But these killings, if they are allowed to go ahead, will mark
a new low."
global condemnation, the Saudi Government has continued to carry out
executions at a high rate since King Salman came to power in January
2015. On May 6th 2015, the Kingdom carried out its 79th execution of
the year, and it is already close to surpassing its 2014 total of 87
executions. The Saudi government maintains all cases are tried in
accordance with Sharia law, and with strict fair trial standards
to Amnesty International Saudi Arabia has one of the highest execution
rates in the world, with only China and Iran carrying out more judicial
A Facebook page has been created to rally support in protest at the death sentence on Ali Mohammed al-Nimr.
‘A Sinner in Mecca’ documents gay Muslim pilgrimage
of film giving inside glance into hajj, filmed on iPhone, calls for
reform in Islam, saying it’s ‘imploding upon itself’
BY JENNIE MATTHEW August 31, 2015
YORK (AFP) — The confession of a Pakistani murderer. Overzealous
religious police. An Arab angered his pregnant wife was molested in the
holiest site known to Islam.
new film made by a gay Muslim pilgrim offers a English-speaking Western
audience a warts-and-all view of the annual pilgrimage to Mecca in a
documentary that has attracted death threats and an online hate
is a rebuke of Saudi Arabia and its strict Wahhabi form of Islam, but
it is also deeply personal — a man trying to reconcile his faith with
that perspective which includes footage of his wedding to his American
husband in New York, millions of Muslims will likely find “A Sinner in
Mecca” provocative if not offensive.
director and pilgrim, Indian-born New Yorker Parvez Sharma, sees it as
a wake-up call for a faith followed by nearly a quarter of humanity
which he believes has been hijacked by a violent minority.
“Islam is imploding upon itself right now and there’s a huge crisis,” Sharma told AFP.
“It (a reformation) is happening, but it is happening too slowly and we’re running out of time.”
“The change needs to happen with Wahhabi Islam — that is the root of all the problems,” he said.
associates with the Sufi branch of Islam common in his homeland India,
which unlike Wahhabism embraces music and a more mystical — and less
dogmatic — approach to faith.
performed hajj in 2011, four months after Al-Qaeda mastermind Osama bin
Laden was killed and seven months after the Arab Spring began. He says
the timing was deliberate.
“I felt that it would be the most interesting time to go with all this churning going on in the Muslim world.”
striking is his footage, filmed on a mobile phone and two tiny cameras
without permission from Saudi authorities, then smuggled out of the
“Early on,” he explains, “my iPhone was taken away by the religious police and they deleted initial early footage,” he said.
guys walk around with sticks and hit you if you’re doing something they
consider un-Islamic, and I was on the wrong end of the stick several
captures the crush encircling the Kaaba, the sacred site in whose
direction Muslims pray, the giant shopping mall next door where you can
get a Starbucks coffee and the discomfort of standing on a bus an
entire night to go to Mount Arafat.
“There is nothing kind about this process,” Sharma says in the film.
calls his first experience at the Kaaba “probably the most violent
night of my entire life.” He says he strung his iPhone around his neck
and just let the camera roll.
Most of the film focuses on him. But he also includes two of more than 50 interviews he said he conducted.
Arab man in the film complains that his wife was touched by other men,
and a man from Lahore, a city in eastern Pakistan, confesses to seeking
atonement for taking part in a so-called “honor” killing.
has been shown at film festivals in Britain and North America, and goes
on cinema release in New York on Friday before being aired on European
television and Netflix in coming months.
constant filming of his own face and his reactions to what he’s seeing
give the film a sometimes annoying ‘selfie’ perspective,” wrote
reviewer, David Savage, in Cut Print Film.
he called it “an important and rare film” given “the threats of
violence and death that have suppressed many of his fellow Muslim gays
says much of the response has been positive. But he has received a
torrent of hate mail and online death threats coming from servers in
countries like Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.
He says the Iranian government has denounced it. He tells of being accosted by yelling Saudi women at a festival in Britain.
“I hope that Muslims will eventually react positively,” he told AFP.
Saudi Supreme Court upholds verdict against liberal blogger flogged for insulting Islam
Published June 07, 2015
United Arab Emirates – Saudi Arabia's Supreme Court upheld an
internationally condemned verdict against a liberal blogger who was
publicly flogged after being found guilty of insulting Islam,
state-linked news websites reported Sunday.
Supreme Court's decision to uphold the sentence of Raif Badawi, a
31-year-old father of three who was lashed in January in a public
square, is final and cannot be overturned without a royal pardon.
imprisoned since 2012, initially was sentenced to seven years in prison
and 600 lashes for breaking Saudi Arabia's technology laws and
insulting Islamic religious figures through a blog he created.
an appeal, a criminal court in Jiddah last year stiffened the
punishment to 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes. He also was banned
from traveling abroad for 10 years after his prison term and fined
January, security officials flogged Badawi outside a mosque in Jiddah.
Saudi rights activists said it was meant as a warning to others who
think to criticize the religious establishment, of which the ruling
family derives much of its authority.
floggings were halted as the Supreme Court reviewed the case. A person
close to the case, who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of
retribution, said that because Badawi's flogging has been halted since
January, the Supreme Court ruling may exclude lashings. It was not
immediately possible to clarify the details of the judges' ruling.
lashes had been scheduled to be administered over 20 weekly sessions,
with 50 lashes each week, according to the London-based rights group
Amnesty International. The rights group has launched a global campaign
to call for Badawi's release and said Sunday that he remains at risk of
Arabia's Western allies, including Washington, have called on
authorities to rescind the punishment. The kingdom maintains its
judiciary is independent and has rejected international pressure as
interference in the country's internal affairs.
Women's rights campaigners who tried to drive into Saudi Arabia are to be sent to special 'terrorism' tribunal
• Saudi Arabia is the only country that does not allow women to drive
• Campaigner Loujain Hathloul was arrested as she flouted the ban
• Journalist Maysaa Alamoudi detained after she arrived to support Hathloul
• Activists say the pair will now face a special 'terrorism' court in Riyadh
• It is thought this is the first time women drivers have been sent to court
By SAM MATTHEW FOR MAILONLINE
26 December 2014
Two women's rights campaigners who tried to drive into Saudi Arabia are set to face a special 'terrorism' court, activists said.
Hathloul, 25, was arrested after she tried to drive into the country
from neighbouring United Arab Emirates, flouting the ban on women
Maysaa Alamoudi, 33, a UAE-based Saudi journalist, arrived at the border to support Hathloul and was also detained.
claim that it is the first time female motorists have been referred to
the criminal court in the capital of Riyadh, which was established to
try terrorism cases.
pair have now been held by the authorities since December 1, and their
detention is thought to be the longest yet for any women who defied the
said investigations surrounding the women appeared to focus on their
social media activities rather than their driving.
They now fear the case is being used to send a warning to others pushing for greater rights.
ruling to send the pair to the special court was made at a hearing in
Al-Ahsa, in Saudi Arabia's Eastern Province, it was claimed.
will transfer her case to the terrorism court,' said one activist
familiar, who declined to be named, with the Hathloul case,
adding that her lawyer plans to appeal.
A second activist confirmed that Alamoudi's case was also being moved to the specialist tribunal.
has 228,000 followers on the social networking site Twitter. Before her
arrest she posted details of the 24 hours she spent waiting to cross
into Saudi Arabia after border officers stopped her on November 30.
Alamoudi has 131,000 followers and has also hosted a programme on YouTube discussing the driving ban.
In early December Saudi authorities blocked the website of a regional human rights group which reported the women's case.
Without Borders, a watchdog, this year named Saudi Arabia as one of 19
countries where government agencies are 'enemies of the Internet' for
their censorship and surveillance.
October, dozens of women posted images online of themselves behind the
wheel as part of an online campaign supporting the right to drive.
response, the Ministry of Interior said it would 'strictly implement'
measures against anyone undermining 'the social cohesion'.
say women's driving is not technically illegal but that the ban is
linked to tradition and custom in the conservative kingdom.
Saudi cops stop wedding in public park
Published Thursday, June 27, 2013
Saudi Arabia’s religious police raided a park in the Gulf Kingdom and stopped a wedding they considered as a violation of conservative local traditions.
Hundreds of visitors to the park south of the capital Riyadh surrounded the newly-wed Egyptian couple to take part in the party before members of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice entered the park and stopped the event.
“A source in the Commission said the wedding was stopped because it violated local traditions as the bride was not covering her face and the groom was holding her hand and hugging her sometimes,” Ajel newspaper said.
42 arrested for mixed-gender party
Saudi Arabia’s Islamic police raided a house and rounded up 42 Asian men and women for staging an illegal mixed-gender birthday party, a newspaper in the oil-rich Gulf Kingdom reported.
Members of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice stormed the house in the southern town of Bani Amro after receiving phone calls from local residents about the party, Okaz reported earlier in June.
“The raid resulted in the arrest of 30 men and 12 women from east Asia for staging an illegal mixed-gender party,” the Arabic language daily said, quoting police spokesman Major Abdullah Alshaatan.
30 busted for camp-fire bash
In May, 2013, Saudi Arabia’s religious police arrested 30 people, including Westerners and Saudis, after they were caught having a mixed-gender party involving alcohol and drugs, a newspaper had reported.
Members of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice raided a night camp outside the capital Riyadh lit by movie-inspired fire torches and seized 30 people from 11 nationalities, some of whom were in various states of undress.
Sabq newspaper, quoting a Commission member, said three men were caught having sex with women inside a tent while others were seized with drugs.
“They were having drugs and alcoholic drinks and some of them were moving and dancing to strange music,” the paper quoted the unnamed member as saying.
“Many of them were dancing around a fire as part of their Satanic rituals. Unfortunately, some of them were Saudis.”
The paper said those arrested were from the United States, Europe, Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries.
Saudi Arabia vows to end violence with "iron fist"
Feb 20, 2012
(Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's Interior Ministry said on Monday its security forces would use "an iron fist" to end violence in a Shi'ite Muslim area of the country and defended its tactics against what it called foreign-backed troublemakers.
Sunni Muslim kingdom Saudi Arabia has blamed an unnamed foreign power, widely understood to mean Shi'ite Iran, for backing attacks on its security forces in its Eastern Province.
But members of the Shi'ite minority in the area have accused the kingdom's own security force of using violence against protesters.
"It is the state's right to confront those that confront it first ... and the Saudi Arabian security forces will confront such situations ... with determination and force and with an iron first," the ministry said in a statement.
The statement came in response to a sermon preached in the Qatif area of the Eastern Province last week that criticized the government's handling of the situation, in which at least six people have been killed, a ministry spokesman said.
Shi'ite activists in Qatif said the clashes first began at the height of the Arab uprisings last year and were provoked by the detention without charge of political campaigners.
Four people were killed in November, one in January and one earlier this month, the interior ministry has said in past statements.
Members of the minority have long complained of discrimination, which they say makes it harder for them to find government jobs, attend university or worship in open than members of the Sunni majority.
Since the protests and clashes started last year, they have also complained of police checkpoints and patrols which they describe as heavy handed.
The government says it does not discriminate against Shi'ites and has said the increased security is intended to protect Qatif residents.
It has repeatedly blamed the clashes on people attacking security forces.
The statement said the security forces were using "the greatest restraint ... despite continuing provocations" and "will not act except in self defense and will not initiate confrontations."
"Some of those few (who attacked security forces) are manipulated by foreign hands because of the kingdom's honorable foreign policy positions towards Arab and Islamic countries," the ministry's spokesman said in the statement.
Saudi Arabia and Iran have fought for influence across the Middle East.
Saudi Columnist: "We Must Admit that Our Relations with America Were the Cornerstone for Our Development and Progress. In Return, We Must Ask What We Have Gained from Our Relations with the Arab World"
a recent column in the Saudi daily Al-Jazirah titled "Thank You
America," Muhammad Al-Sheikh described how relations with the U.S. have
benefited Saudi Arabia, while Arab nationalism has proven to be "a
The following translation of Al-Sheikh's article appeared June 18, 2005 in the Saudi English-language daily Arab News:
"What have the Arabs given us Saudis in comparison to what we have gained from our relations with America? I know very well that this is an extremely sensitive issue that many would hesitate to address; they are restrained by a culture of fear that prevents them from confronting controversial and sensitive issues head-on.
"The late King Abdul Aziz, the founder of modern Saudi Arabia, was a resourceful and far-sighted statesman when he chose the Americans rather than the British to come and search for oil in the Kingdom. He did so despite Britain at the time being an important force in the region, with its colonies and dependencies surrounding the infant kingdom. The politics of the time plus the colonial legacies of both Britain and France made King Abdul Aziz distance himself from them and look to the New World.
"Not long after the Americans and their expertise arrived, oil was gushing from beneath the desert sands and the development of the modern Saudi state began.
"Following World War II, the Arab countries had to choose between the two different world systems — communism or capitalism. King Abdul Aziz chose capitalism, the West, and America in particular. Thanks to this relationship that has lasted for more than six decades, we Saudis were able to invest oil revenues in building our country. King Abdul Aziz laid the foundations for a consistent Saudi foreign policy that held the Kingdom's interests above other considerations.
"These are the reasons why the Kingdom flourished while other countries went down or teetered on the verge of collapsing. Those countries bet on the wrong horse and did not realize that survival lies in economic development and modernization. They chose to confine themselves in a cocoon and remain isolated from the rest of the world, blinded by the illusions of nationalism and other false ideologies. It was indeed very strange to hear those fragile regimes labeling themselves progressive while calling us reactionary.
"We must admit that our relations with America were the cornerstone for our development and progress. In return, we must ask what we have gained from our relations with the Arab world. Speaking frankly and unequivocally, all we got from them was trouble. Our brothers, as they call themselves, conspired against us, attacked us, and used all the means at their disposal to derail our plans for unity.
Saudis Hypocritical On Tolerance
By Michael Hubbard
Daily Campus - Commentary
Saudi Arabia is one of the most oppressive regimes in the world, yet the world remains silent. The United States is globally criticized for every misstep, but virtually no one knows of Saudi Arabia's hypocritical injustices. In fact, perhaps America's greatest injustice and most appropriate criticism, is in its continued support for Saudi Arabia.
The alleged Koran desecrations at Guantanamo made headline news for weeks, evoking outrage and sparking massive demonstrations around the world. Saudi Arabia officially responded with "indignation" demanding immediate action by the United States to rectify and prevent the alleged incidents. Meanwhile, in Saudi Arabia, it is standard procedure for visitors to have their Bibles, religious symbols and other non-Wahhabi religious texts confiscated and incinerated (Wahhabism is Saudi Arabia's official sect of Islam). Possessing a Bible within Saudi Arabia can result in arrest, deportation and even a death sentence. For example, Sadeq Mallallah, a young Shia Muslim, was beheaded in 1993 for owning a Bible.
America, on the other hand, not only gives their prisoners Korans, but they protect the texts from being disrespected. In fact, there were only five confirmed Koran desecration incidents at Guantanamo, and the only proven intentional one was a guard kicking a Koran. In light of such a fact, it is outrageous that the entire world, including Saudi Arabia, was in an uproar over a few minor mishandlings of the Koran in a prison. This is especially outrageous, as virtually all of the mishandlings were proven false or exaggerated, while Saudi Arabia, to this day, continues its tyrannical nationwide ban on all non-Muslim religious texts and symbols.
The Saudi hypocrisy does not end there. There are millions of non-Muslim guest workers who live and work in Saudi Arabia, forbidden from practicing their own religion. For example, this past April, 40 Pakistani Christians were arrested for, as one Saudi official put it, "trying to spread their poisonous religious beliefs." A few hours later, King Abdullah flew to the United States to have a meeting with President George W. Bush. During the meeting, it was established that, "Saudi Arabia reiterates its call on all those who teach and propagate the Islamic faith to adhere strictly to the Islamic message of peace, moderation and tolerance and reject that which deviates from those principles. Both countries agree that this message of peace, moderation and tolerance must extend to those of all faiths and practices."
Despite such a pledge, Americans in Saudi Arabia cannot openly celebrate Easter, Christmas or even Thanksgiving. Indeed, Saudi Arabia continues to espouse tolerance internationally, while domestically brutally suppressing all non-Wahhabi sects.
While Saudi Arabia prevents other religions from preaching within its borders, the Saudis certainly have no problem spending billions of dollars preaching abroad. After the war in Bosnia, Saudi Arabia willingly provided aid, but not without strings attached. Mosques built by Saudi funding could not be built in the rich cultural heritage of Bosnian Muslims. Instead, they needed to be built in the featureless Wahhabi style. Saudi Arabia leveraged their aid, trying to impose a strict Wahhabi doctrine on the culturally unique Bosnian Muslims.
Earlier this year, Freedom House's Center for Religious Freedom released a report on the Saudi government's funding of publications of hate ideologies for American Mosques. Some publications stated that for a homosexual or someone who engaged in heterosexual activity outside of marriage "it would be lawful for Muslims to spill his blood and to take his money." There are also numerous statements against Sufi Muslims, Shiite Muslims, Christians, Jews, women and democracy. It is hypocritical that the Saudis are allowed to hate monger and preach abroad while there is no freedom of religion in their own country.
Saudi citizens are allowed to traverse the world, and each country allows them to freely practice their faith. Yet, Saudi Arabia is a nation where non-Muslims are not allowed to be citizens, and non-Muslims can't even enter the city of Mecca. There is no freedom of religion, and though the government claims to respect the right of non-Muslims to worship in private, this right has been repeatedly violated. In light of Saudi Arabia's hypocrisy and extreme intolerance, the United States needs to seriously reconsider its support of Saudi Arabia and the international news media needs to stop ignoring Saudi Arabia's hypocrisy.
Three French nationals shot dead in Saudi Arabia
04 December 2007
President Bush has expressed disappointment with Saudi Arabia for a court's decision to sentence a victim of a gang rape to 200 lashes and six months in prison.
Mr. Bush told reporters at the White House Tuesday, that he would have been very emotional if his own daughter had endured such treatment. He said he would also have been angry at those who committed the crime and at a state that did not support the victim.
Mr. Bush said he has not discussed the issue with Saudi King Abdullah. But he said the king knows the U.S. position on the case.
A Saudi court sentenced the 19-year-old Shi'ite woman last week for being in public with a man not related to her. The Saudi Justice Ministry says the woman and her companion were noticed by several men who kidnapped and raped both of them.
The court said it increased the woman's original sentence of 90 lashes because she had spoken to the media.
Saudi Arabia's Justice Ministry said Saturday the unidentified, married woman had confessed to having an extramarital affair last year.
Under Saudi Arabia's strict interpretation of Islamic sharia law, women are not allowed in public in the company of men other than their male relatives.
The seven men convicted of raping the woman and her male companion have been given sentences ranging from two to nine years in prison.
The Saudi government has accused the international media of reporting false information about the case.
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