British help for Saudi torture

This 2012 video is called Saudi juvenile prison: beating caught on mobile cam.

By Paddy McGuffin in Britain:

Saudi prison bid on despite JSi shutdown

Friday 11th September 2015

Contract ‘risks giving approval to torture’

A COMMERCIAL Ministry of Justice body will still bid for a controversial £5.9 million contract in Saudi Arabia despite Michael Gove ordering its closure.

Campaigners warned yesterday that Just Solutions international’s (JSi) involvement in the country notorious for public beheadings, flogging and torture risks giving a stamp of approval to the abuse.

The government claimed that JSi would be liable for financial penalties if it pulled out of the bid now.

If it wins the contract to “conduct a training needs analysis” for the Saudi prison service the work will be completed within six months of starting, the MoJ said.

JSi — which has previously been criticised for carrying out work in countries with poor human rights records such as Pakistan, Libya, Nigeria and Oman — was set up as the internal commercial brand of the National Offender Management Service (Noms) by then justice secretary Chris Grayling in 2013.

“Given our ambitious justice reform programme and the need to focus departmental resources on domestic priorities, the Justice Secretary has decided that JSi should cease to operate,” Prisons Minister Andrew Selous said.

“Noms will therefore not pursue any new projects with international partners through JSi.”

He said the Saudi contract bid was “sufficiently far advanced that the government has decided withdrawing at this late stage would be detrimental to [the government’s] wider interests.”

The MoJ claims that JSi’s work was focused on trying to improve human rights standards in the countries’ jails through training and prison design, and complied with British human rights standards.

But human rights campaign Amnesty International warned that involvement in Saudi Arabia could risk Britain in effect rubber stamping human rights abuses.

Amnesty UK director Kate Allen said: “Our concerns remain that while it’s not entirely inconceivable that British expertise could actually help improve the dire situation many prisoners in countries like Saudi Arabia find themselves in, Britain’s involvement in those prison systems risks lending a British stamp of approval to human rights abuse in jails in Riyadh and elsewhere.”

16 thoughts on “British help for Saudi torture

  1. Although not inconceivable for Britain to take a stance of humanitarian values for these Saudi prisons the question is when has British financial elite ever been committed to humane values? the Magna Carta did promise the beginning of humane values but did not evolve much further than its early conception?as Britain’s industrial revolution progressed this gave rise to a new class of oppressors not only oppressing the British population as a whole also exporting its violence abroad in terms of colonization this nation having a smug superiority complex over ridding any conscientious concerns and as a result of the technologically prowess further endorsed this ideology of superiority without going into the fallibility of this delusion which is another subject outside my critique of this letter, we not only have the Monarchy and aristocratic society to deal with but also the specialists such as the barons of industry and now the industry of infocrats whom are now all part of the oppressive system? that is those who control information to the detriment of the many.
    We now have problems such as the Middle East conflict that the Russian submarines are to be used in the area of Syrian waters with nuclear capabilities and Israel having similar capabilities, not only the sheer cost to all those in the Middle East but also the Australian cost to taxpayers of aerial bombardment at possible half a million dollars per throw and the austerity program now taking place in increased costs for health for pensioners and other austerities, we must ask our selves as who are governing us? I suggest the varied controlling elites need to be questions as to who they are? it is unfortunate not enough by the many are questioning the crucial questions of those whom are not only prone to violent outcomes as policies but also the willful destruction of our planet.


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