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B00Mer
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Saudi activist sentenced to 300 lashes, 4 yrs in jail after calling for constitutional monarchy



A Saudi Arabian political activist was sentenced to four years in prison, 300 lashes, and a travel ban after calling for a constitutional monarchy. He is the fourth member of the Saudi Civil and Political Rights Association (ACPRA) to be jailed this year.

ACPRA’s Omar al-Saed, 24, was jailed after the organization called for democracy and made statements criticizing the country’s ruling family over its human rights record.

Al-Saed berated the motivations behind his imprisonment via the ACPRA website in a statement released by the group on Friday: “I am the proud prisoner Omar Mohammed al-Saed. I read out to you the motives and causes of my imprisonment: my hatred of injustice, the fabrication of pain and misery, taking advantage of passive attitudes, treating them as if they were fools, and denying them their livelihoods for brutal personal ambition,” he said.

Al-Saed was not allowed legal representation at the secret hearing in which he received his sentence, according to an ACPRA statement. The judge denied that the session had been kept secret, but al-Saed rebutted that for a session to be public, it must be announced prior to its taking place so that proper representatives are able to attend and people can bear witness to its proceedings.

“This unjust sentence is an honor and pride to Omar al-Saed and a disgrace and shame to Judge Issa al-Matrudi,” the activist’s brother, Abdullah al-Saed, tweeted after learning of the sentence late on Thursday.

“It's just another troubling instance of Saudi authorities' absolute refusal to countenance any activism or criticism of Saudi policies or human rights abuses,” Adam Coogle, a Middle East researcher at Human Rights Watch told Reuters on Sunday.

A spokesman for the country’s Justice Ministry would not confirm the accuracy of the report to the agency.

Media in the country is strictly self-censored. Political dissent or criticism of the dominant Wahhabi (Sunni) royal family is not tolerated, and protests are outlawed.

At the end of November, two Saudi men were arrested for offering ‘free hugs’ to passersby, on the grounds that they were “indulging in exotic practices” and offending public order.

Amnesty International has spoken out against the regime’s oppressive practices, releasing a report titled “Saudi Arabia: Unfulfilled Promises” in October.

The report slammed the country for failing to implement any of the main recommendations they accepted under a previous review by the Human Rights Council (UNHRC) which took place in 2009.

Saudi Arabia remains one of the top five executioners in the world. The death penalty is still applied to a wide range of non-lethal crimes such as adultery, armed robbery, apostasy, drug smuggling, kidnapping, rape, “witchcraft,” and “sorcery.” Since 2009, appeals by the growing human rights movement in the country have been met with harsh measures such as arbitrary arrests, detention without charge or trial, unfair trials, and travel bans, Amnesty stated.

source: http://rt.com/news/saudi-activist-jailed-lashes-290/

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Hell yeah the need a new Government in that backward piss hole of a country run by little boy diddling Nazi regime.
 
MHz
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Invade, invade!
Oh wait, Uncle Sam just gave them billions worth of free weapons of war, now we know it was not to use against Iran but against their own citizens. School of Americas just go international or something?
School of Americas

GB still has the law on the books that says you can't6 call for the Monarchy to be abolished so it isn't hard to see why Saudi is the way it is with full blessings from what remains of the West. The quote below may explain why the picture has such a sour-puss look. Makes me want to grab both his wrists and clap his hands together while chanting, 'Happy, happy, happy, ...

"At the end of November, two Saudi men were arrested for offering ‘free hugs’ to passersby, on the grounds that they were “indulging in exotic practices” and offending public order."
Last edited by MHz; Dec 15th, 2013 at 05:42 PM..
 
WLDB
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How dare he have a reasonable opinion! That'll teach him!
 
petros
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And the Saudis aren't deemed evil for what reason?
 
WLDB
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Quote: Originally Posted by petrosView Post

And the Saudis aren't deemed evil for what reason?

They aren't?
 
MHz
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Because if they were so would this country be deemed the same. As it is Saudi will donate tanks to end any protests.

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Spade
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The Saudis are some of the West's dearest friends.
 
MHz
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Quote: Originally Posted by WLDBView Post

They aren't?

How many sanctions are placed on them at the moment?
 
Spade
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Why Is Saudi Arabia buying 15,000 US anti-tank missiles for a war it will never fight? - Opinion - Stripes

Another Syrious matter?
 
MHz
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Probably as they can be made to look like a car bomb when cars gets thoroughly searched. Wonder what happened to the last shipment, get confiscated or the warehouse get blown up. I'll bet Russia is doing a lot a tracking vehicles from space to see where the ones go that come across the borders. Saudi buys the goods but they cross into Syria from Turkey. A supply depot there was just taken over by the 'bad' rebels.
"including the most advanced version of the TOWs [tube-launched, optically tracked, wire-guided missiles"

White House willing to support a Syrian rebel coalition that would include Islamist groups - The Washington Post
The Obama administration is willing to consider supporting an expanded Syrian rebel coalition that would include Islamist groups, provided the groups are not allied with al-Qaeda and agree to support upcoming peace talks in Geneva, a senior U.S. official said Thursday. In addition, the official said, the Americans would like the Islamic Front groups to return U.S. vehicles, communications gear and other non-lethal equipment they seized last weekend from warehouses at the Syria-Turkey border.


That bolded part is so stupid it must be a message to them of where to pick up the new materials.
 
damngrumpy
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First of all it depends on who's side you are on whether you are evil or not.
Years ago Harry Truman said of Juan Paron of Agentina.
"Yes He is an SOB but he is our SOB" made all the difference.
As for this guy he said what he said in a dictatorship and in a barbaric land
Did he expect anything else. No it does not make it right either. Years ago
when our nation and others had ethics we would place an embargo on such
a nation (South Africa) being one behaved his way. Things have changed.
We now buy oil from them instead.
 
MHz
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Are you kidding me?? The US was training them on how to terrorize their own people and you applaud that because they are 'our terrorists'??
The School of the Americas (SOA) has been given other names -- "School for Dictators", "School of Assassins", and "Nursery of Death Squads". And, countries with the worst human rights records send the most soldiers to the School.

Countries / Graduates (since 1946)

Argentina / 931
Bolivia / 4,049
Brazil / 355
Chile / 2,405
Colombia / 8,679
Costa Rica / 2,376
Dominican Republic / 2,330
Ecuador / 2,356
El Salvador / 6,776
Guatemala / 1,676
Honduras / 3,691
Nicaragua / 4,693
Panama / 4,235
Paraguay / 1,084
Peru / 3,997
Uruguay / 931
Venezuela / 3,250

When they return to their home countries, graduates of the SOA hold a rather unique and peculiar view of their countrymen. They look upon priests, social workers, journalists, and liberal intellectuals, not as assets to their societies, but as dangerous subversives, working to undermine the system that keeps these soldiers, army officers, and their sponsors in power.


In other Latin American countries, graduates of the SOA have been equally prominent enemies of human rights. Former dictators Omar Torrijos of Panama, Guillermo Rodriguez of Ecuador, and Juan Velasco Alvarado of Peru, all overthrew constitutionally elected governments in their countries. Leopoldo Galtieri, the former head of the Argentina junta defeated in the Falklands War, was responsible for thousands of "disappeared" citizens who supported freedom and democracy in Argentina, and paid the ultimate price with their lives. He was an SOA graduate.

School of Americas
 
WLDB
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Quote: Originally Posted by MHzView Post

How many sanctions are placed on them at the moment?

I wouldnt take that as a point in their favour. The sanctions are rather arbitrarily imposed.

Quote: Originally Posted by damngrumpyView Post

Years ago
when our nation and others had ethics we would place an embargo on such
a nation (South Africa) being one behaved his way. Things have changed.
We now buy oil from them instead.

While that embargo was going on we we and the rest of the west were doing business with plenty of countries who were just as bad or worse. The anti-apartheid movement had a better PR department than many other people. Even then there was a hell of a lot of resistance from some big players on whether or not to put sanctions on South Africa. We've always been very inconsistent when it comes to this sort of thing.
 
B00Mer
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Quote: Originally Posted by SpadeView Post

The Saudis are some of the West's dearest friends.

Yes they are....

 
MHz
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Meaning as soon as they revolt against the US then the sanctions come, until then the US will veto anything put before the UN Security Council.
That upper-left guy looks familiar, wasn't he a heroin addict that lived in a cave in Afghanistan??
 
petros
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Quote: Originally Posted by WLDBView Post

They aren't?

Nope, they are considered a respected ally.
 
MHz
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You can call a skunk a rose, that doesn't make it one.
 
taxslave
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Just another day in the land of islam.
 
B00Mer
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Quote: Originally Posted by taxslaveView Post

Just another day in the land of islam.

Religion of Peace..

It's all about OIL!! Otherwise the west wouldn't give a rats *** about those stinky Arabs.

 
Goober
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Quote: Originally Posted by B00MerView Post

Religion of Peace..

It's all about OIL!! Otherwise the west wouldn't give a rats *** about those stinky Arabs.

How about executing the mentally ill. Your opinion is?
 
MHz
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Quote: Originally Posted by taxslaveView Post

Just another day in the land of islam.

That would be US sanctioned Islam as in Saudi Arabia, Bahraain, Kuwait, Qatar.
Iran wouldn't allow that kind of crap.

Quote: Originally Posted by B00MerView Post

Religion of Peace..

It's all about OIL!! Otherwise the west wouldn't give a rats *** about those stinky Arabs.

You probably don't even realize how much you stink as a member of the human race, and I use that trem quite loosly as we are talking about the West after all.
 
WLDB
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Quote: Originally Posted by GooberView Post

How about executing the mentally ill. Your opinion is?

It says he lives in Texas. Isnt that an answer?
 
JLM
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Yeah, when you are over there you don't want to "f**k around"!
 
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