“Ye shall know them by their fruits.” Matt 7:16
Human Rights Watch: Saudi authorities have carried out 100 executions since January 1, compared with 88 in all of 2014. Of the 2015 executions, 47 were for nonviolent drug offenses.
“Saudi authorities have been on a campaign of death this year, executing more people in six months than all of the previous year,” said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East and North Africa director. “It’s bad enough that Saudi Arabia executes so many people, but to execute people convicted in nonviolent drug offenses shows just how wanton these executions are.”
This comes after the May 19th news from RT: Saudi Arabia, which executes more criminals than any nation except China and Iran, wants to hire eight new executioners. A surge in executions has been witnessed under new King Salman’s rule.
UPI: Saudi Arabia could break the record of 192 executions it carried out in 1995.
The Washington Post: Most outside observers agree that the strict use of Islamic law and a lack of checks and balances have a very negative effect on human rights in Saudi Arabia.
For example, Freedom House, an American nongovernmental organization that tracks human rights, currently rates Saudi Arabia as “not free” and gives it the lowest possible score in its rankings. It was one of only 10 countries in the entire world to receive that score: North Korea, Syria and Sudan are three of the others.
Demonstrators take part in an Amnesty International protest in front of the Saudi Embassy in London on Jan. 22. (FACUNDO ARRIZABALAGA/European Pressphoto Agency)
In 2013, the U.S. State Department listed the reports of the “worst” human rights abuses in Saudi Arabia, which included “citizens’ lack of the right and legal means to change their government; pervasive restrictions on universal rights such as freedom of expression, including on the Internet, and freedom of assembly, association, movement, and religion; and a lack of equal rights for women, children, and noncitizen workers.”
Press TV: An activist from an anti-arms trade group has called the human rights situation in Saudi Arabia “dire”, lashing out at the (hypocritical) UK for selling arms to the Saudi regime.
RT: The “West’s tributes to late Saudi King reveal hypocrisy not democracy:”
If this is the fruit of King Abdullah’s much vaunted ‘modernizing’ influence, then the word is obviously bankrupt of all meaning. How can it be that the West is on the one hand fighting ISIS, and its butchery in Iraq and Syria, while on the other maintaining the closest of economic, strategic, and political relations with a government that practices the same butchery on a regular basis? The answer, of course, is money.
The Saudi monarchy is absolutist, corrupt, and dripping in the blood of both its own people and people beyond its borders. As such, if there existed in the West governments underpinned by anything resembling ethics and principles, the response to the death of King Abdullah would have been similar to the words attributed to the Roman senator Marcus Brutus by Shakespeare, “I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him.”