Saudi Arabia Human Rights

1,000 Lashes For Raif Badawi

Ravinder Randhawa | Posted 16.06.2017 | UK
Ravinder Randhawa

Five years ago, on 17th June 2012 Raif Badawi was arrested by the Saudi Arabian authorities, for allegedly "insulting Islam through electronic channels". Raif had taken to his keyboard and set up a liberal website. An action which would have gone completely unremarked in this country and many others.

The Trump Effect: A Time For Introspection And Pledges

Dr Shaaz Mahboob | Posted 02.02.2017 | UK Politics
Dr Shaaz Mahboob

Perhaps the next round of protests would be seen as meaningful when those participating would have pledged to themselves, not never allow any form of discrimination and abuse to go unchallenged, within their own communities or elsewhere, both domestic and foreign, coming from the White House or the House of Saud.

Next Month Campaigners Will Put UK Arms Sales To Saudi Arabia On Trial

Andrew Smith | Posted 15.01.2017 | UK Politics
Andrew Smith

Whatever happens next month it won't be the end of the debate. As long as terrible crimes are being committed with UK weapons and with our government's support, this campaign will continue. It's not just the arms sales that need to end, it is also the hypocrisy and the mindset that has allowed them to happen in the first place.

Ending UK Complicity in Saudi Violence

Andrew Smith | Posted 29.06.2017 | UK Politics
Andrew Smith

For decades now, UK governments of all political colours have worked hand in glove with the arms companies and Saudi authorities, continuing to sell arms and political support while turning a blind eye to the terrible human rights abuses that are being carried out every single day.

We Need to Talk About Yemen

Diana Johnson | Posted 11.06.2017 | UK Politics
Diana Johnson

It's been over a year since the start of the recent conflict in Yemen, and life for children and their families is increasingly unbearable. In March last year, the Saudi-led Coalition launched a military operation in support of the Government of Yemen against Houthi opposition forces who had overthrown President Hadi. Since then, the humanitarian situation has rapidly deteriorated with over 80% of the country now in need of assistance and millions without access to vital healthcare, food, water and fuel.

Britain's Role in Yemen's Civil War Is Largely Ignored  - and it's Devastating the Nation

Ali Reza Naraghi | Posted 09.03.2017 | UK
Ali Reza Naraghi

World attention on the conflict in the Middle East is primarily focused on Syria and Iraq, and much less so on the catastrophe in Yemen, which has cost the lives of thousands of people and forced millions to flee their homes. The Saudi monarchy, with Britain's open support, has been waging war on Yemen for a year, and yet few Britons know anything about it.

It's Time Our Government Stopped Pulling Their Punches Over Saudi Arabia

Tom Brake | Posted 11.01.2017 | UK Politics
Tom Brake

Fundamental questions need to be asked about the UK Government's relationship with Saudi Arabia and calling the execution of 47 prisoners, some who were political prisoners only 'disappointing' is an embarrassing stance from the Government, a Government that is far too close to a regime with serious human rights abuses.

Philip Hammond: I Want Us To Sell More Weapons To Saudi Arabia

The Huffington Post UK | Owen Bennett | Posted 10.11.2015 | UK Politics

Philip Hammond wants more UK trade with Saudi Arabia, despite calling for a “proper investigation” into claims of breaches of international humani...

Saudi Arabia's Execution Rate Has Hit A Grim New Milestone

The Huffington Post UK | Eve Hartley | Posted 21.12.2015 | UK

At least 151 people have been put to death in Saudi Arabia so far this year, making it the highest rate in two decades, a new report by Amnesty Intern...

If Jeremy Corbyn is Offending the Saudi Regime Then he's Doing Something Right

Andrew Smith | Posted 27.10.2016 | UK Politics
Andrew Smith

Corbyn should take the Ambassador's comments as a badge of honour and a sign that he's doing the right thing. However, it will take the words and actions of people from across all parties and wider society if the UK is to finally change its policy and end its support for the oppressive and authoritarian House of Saud.

The UK Government's Allegiance With Saudi Arabia Is an Injustice to Us All

Lauren Fraser | Posted 21.10.2016 | UK Politics
Lauren Fraser

I listened to David Cameron's words at CPC15 with open-minded enthusiasm. I have been a big C Conservative for approximately 3 years but have never fo...

Man Facing Beheading And Crucifixion Has One Last Hope To Be Spared

The Huffington Post UK | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 28.09.2015 | UK

The family of a young man condemned to be beheaded and crucified for attending an anti-government demonstration as a teenager still have hope that the...

Saudi Arabia To Crucify This Teenager For Attending Pro-Democracy Protest

The Huffington Post UK | Eve Hartley | Posted 22.09.2015 | UK

A teenager who was arrested in 2012 for taking part in an anti-government protest in Saudi Arabia will be crucified and beheaded after his latest appe...

We Will Not Abandon Raif Badawi

Richard Reoch | Posted 18.06.2016 | UK
Richard Reoch

Asked about the case in the House of Lords last week, Foreign Office Minister Baroness Anelay said that the UK government stands by "freedom of religion and belief and freedom of expression". But, she said, "we have to recognize that the actions of the Saudi government in these respects have the support of the vast majority of the Saudi population."

Was the Attendance of David Cameron and Prince Charles At King Abdullah's Funeral, Acceptable?

Becky Hopper | Posted 26.03.2015 | UK Politics
Becky Hopper

In 2015, is money more important than morality? Should we ignore the attendance of our Prince and Prime Minister at the funeral of someone who was no less than a dictator running a terrorist organisation? Surely with the general election coming up, Cameron should have perhaps considered the outrage that might be voiced in the UK rather than the importance of international relations with a corrupt, murderous government.

Ayatollah al-Nimr - Saudi Arabia's Imprisoned Revolutionary

Abbas Farshori | Posted 21.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Abbas Farshori

Ayatollah Nimr represents the Shiite stand against Wahabbism, and the Islamic bow he uses to launch tirade after tirade against the regime only makes this conflict more cogent. His words, and fate empower the path for Shiite communities in the region and beyond. However this may not be the only role he assumes.

Saudi Arabia Has Just Deployed 30,000 Troops To Its Border With Iraq

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 03.07.2014 | UK

Saudi Arabia has deployed 30,000 troops to its border with Iraq after a video emerged showing 2,500 Iraqi soldiers deserting the area. The military...

Is This the Dawn of Real Change in Saudi Arabia?

Dr Abdulaziz Sager | Posted 02.06.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Abdulaziz Sager

President Obama's recent visit to Saudi Arabia has been accompanied by much speculation about the nature of relations with the United States. Much has changed in the US political landscape recently and even more has changed across the Arab world...

Saudi Arabia Accepts Recommendation to 'Abolish' Male Guardianship System

Nabila Pathan | Posted 21.05.2014 | UK Politics
Nabila Pathan

As a precursor to Saudi Arabia's report on its commitment to significant Human Rights advances at the 25th session of UN Human Rights Council, Saudi's Deputy Minister of Labor for International Affairs, featured on Newsnight this week to boast the key aspects of the report with a focus on "holistic" steps on achieving female empowerment. But a failure to confirm the lifting of the driving ban for women, even after three pushy prompts by Jeremy Paxman, made it clear that "holistic" does not include an overturn on the ban.

Charles Of Arabia Takes Part In Sword Dance

The Huffington Post UK | Charlotte Meredith | Posted 19.02.2014 | UK

Prince Charles has been criticised for joining members of the Saudi royal family and taking part in an Ardah or sword dance in a stadium in the capita...

'Free Hugs' Campaign Sees Two Men Arrested In Saudi Arabia

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 26.11.2013 | UK

SEE ALSO: 2,000 Lashes & 10 Years In Jail For Saudi Man Who Danced Naked On A CarIs This The Ridiculously Good-Looking Man Kicked Out Of Saudi Arabi...

#harass_female_cashiers: Saudi Writer 'Urges 97,000 Twitter Followers To Sexually Molest Working Women'

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 29.05.2013 | UK

A leading Saudi Arabian “self-help” writer and cleric has reportedly urged his 97,000+ Twitter followers to sexually molest working women in the n...

Saudi Arabia Denies Surgical Paralysis Punishment

The Huffington Post UK | Christopher York | Posted 09.04.2013 | UK

Saudi Arabia has said reports authorities had sentenced a man to be surgically paralysed as an eye-for-an-eye punishment are "untrue' and "fabricated"...

UK Condemns 'Eye-For-An-Eye' Paralysis Punishment Of Saudi Arabian Man

The Huffington Post UK | Ned Simons | Posted 09.04.2013 | UK Politics

The Foreign Office (FCO) has urged Saudi Arabia to overturn a decision by a court that would see a prisoner deliberately paralysed in an "eye-for-an-e...

Saudi Man Faces Paralysis In 'Eye-For-An-Eye' Punishment

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 09.04.2013 | UK

A Saudi Arabian man faces being deliberately paralysed in an "eye-for-an-eye" punishment for stabbing his friend in the back 10 years ago. Ali al-K...