Saudi oppression of human rights organisations


This video is called Saudi Human Rights Violations Pt 1.

And here is Part 2.

By Hadeel Mohammed:

Saudi Arabia Continues to Fight Human Rights Organizations

Posted 10 August 2013 9:50 GMT

It is almost impossible for human rights organisations to function legally in Saudi Arabia. The absolute monarchy has once again blocked the efforts of Adala Center for Human Rights to legalise its work in the country.

The centre’s lawsuit against the Ministry of Social Affairs was recently dismissed, drawing criticism from activists. The Ministry of Social affairs had earlier rejected registering Adala center as an official association when it was newly established in 2011. Their application was rejected because Adala is not a charity organization, the only type of civil society organizations allowed in the Kingdom. The court has found the ministry’s refusal compatible with laws and regulations.

Zaid al-Hussain, the vice president of the governmental Human Rights Commission, told Al-Madina that he expects a new civil society law to be issued soon.

Adala’s lawyer, Taha Al-Hajji, referred to the United Nation’s Universal Periodic Review recommendation in 2008: “Saudi Arabia should guarantee civil society representatives and human rights defenders their rights to establish organizations and exercise their rights to free expression.” “Saudi Arabia responded positively to the recommendation saying that the Kingdom encourages the establishment of human rights organizations,” Al-Hajji told Al-Hayat.

On Riyadh Bureau, blogger Ahmed Al Omran explains:

The three judges presiding over the case said in their ruling that they found MOSA’s refusal to register Adala as a licensed organization compatible with laws and regulations. MOSA has argued that their decision to deny a license to Adala was on the basis that they can only license charities, and that the activities of Adala are not covered by the Ministry’s definition of what is a charity.

The fact that Adala’s principles and goals are based on international laws and accords like the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was also of concern to the judges who said these “man-made laws” do not comply with Islamic Sharia.

“Using these man-made laws without reservations as it is evident in the Center’s charter violates Article 7 of the Basic Law of Governance,” the judges said. The Basic Law of Governance serves as a proto-constitution in Saudi Arabia where the uncodified tenets of Islamic Sharia remain the supreme law and judges, most of them trained as clerics, are granted excessive power to issue rulings according to their own interpretation of the law.

The Union for Human Rights:

The Union for Human Rights faced similar circumstances last May. All members were summoned to the bureau of investigations and persecution. There, they were asked to suspend any activities until their union gets licensed or they will face detainment.
Later, the Ministry of Social Affairs rejected their application and asked them to wait for the new civil society law.

On Twitter, activist Dr Madawi Al Rasheed comments on the continuous crackdown on human rights organisations and activists saying [ar]:

The more people’s awareness of human rights work increases, the more authorities resort to imprisoning activists to deter others from joining them. But this strategy is doomed to fail on the long run.

The Saudi Civil and Political Rights Association:

In March, a judge had ordered the dissolving of the unlicensed Saudi Civil and Political Right Association, ACPRA, in addition to jailing two of its members. Five more members are in jail on various charges that include “breaking allegiance to the ruler and his successor,” “trying to impede the country’s developments” and “speaking with foreign media channels”

Under Saudi law, most forms of association are banned and public assembly is restricted. Human rights organizations have to get a license to operate, but the ministry rarely issues licenses to human rights organisations. The monarchy does not acknowledge basic human rights like freedom of speech. Most of the legal proceedings initiated against human rights activists in the last year have been because they are involved in organisations that “don’t have permission” to operate.

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  6. Saudi men wearing ‘sleeping gowns’ barred from flight

    Airline’s action sparks heated debate on Saudi Arabian blogosphere

    By Habib Toumi, Bureau Chief

    Published: 14:45 August 17, 2013

    Manama: The Saudi Arabian blogosphere went viral over a report that two Saudi men were barred from boarding a plane for wearing ‘sleeping gowns’.

    The 22- and 24-year-old men were told by the Saudi Airlines employees that they could not claim their seats on the plane flying between Madinah and Tabuk unless they changed their clothing, local news site Sabq reported on Saturday.

    Two men were forced to leave the queue, go to a secluded area, take out new sets of clothes from their bags and change into ‘acceptable’ attire, the report said.

    A Saudi Airlines public relations officer said that the two passengers had to comply with the regulations.

    “There are rules on what passengers cannot wear and they had to be respected,” Abdullah Al Ajhar told Sabq. “Short clothes, shorts and sleeping gowns for instance are not allowed. All employees are aware of the restrictions and they are well aware that any attire that is disturbing to other passengers cannot be allowed. Those who show up with the wrong clothes are given a chance to change into a more decent attire.”

    The incident, on Thursday, sparked a heated debate on social networks, where reactions ranged from support to sharp criticism of the airline for “interfering in people’s lives”.

    A similar incident occurred two weeks ago in Manchester, England after a Monarch Airlines supervisor reportedly told British passenger Alix Townsend, 18, that she could not fly with them to Majorca in Spain because she was wearing “short shorts”.

    A spokesperson for Monarch said that “Miss Townsend was politely asked to change to comply with the airline’s dress policy.”

    Last year, a woman flying from Las Vegas in the US said that she had been barred from flying “for showing too much cleavage”.

    In another case, also in the US, a pilot lectured a passenger over her T-shirt and its four-letter expletive but allowed her to fly after she draped a shawl over it.

    http://gulfnews.com/news/gulf/saudi-arabia/saudi-men-wearing-sleeping-gowns-barred-from-flight-1.1221301

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