This video, recorded on 12 January 2016 in England, is called Protesters in London demonstrate against Saudi executions.
By Joana Ramiro in Britain:
Labour tells Gove to come clean on deals with Saudis
Tuesday 5th January 2016
In a letter to Justice Secretary Michael Gove,
Someone like Michael Gove, who has advocated bringing back the death penalty by hanging in Britain, cannot really be expected to be a strong opponent of the death penalty by beheading or crucifixion in Saudi Arabia.
Mr Slaughter demanded to know whether a prison partnership was still on the table between Britain and Saudi Arabia.
The reproach came after peace and human rights campaigners cried foul over the Tories’ feeble criticism of the Saudi government while still selling arms to the kingdom.
Referring to the memorandum of understanding on judicial co-operation signed by previous justice minister Chris Grayling, Mr Slaughter wrote: “I hope you agree with me that it would be inappropriate at present for the UK to be seen to be co-operating with the Saudi justice system.
“Serious concerns have been raised not only about the sentences and the manner in which the executions were carried out but also whether due process has been followed and the defendants received a fair trial.
“In particular, the execution of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr and three young Shia men whose offences appear to be taking part in political protests and demonstrations against the current government have caused dismay and outrage around the world.”
The government merely expressed “disappointment” over the mass executions, with Foreign Office Minister Tobias Ellwood saying he was “deeply disturbed” at the growing rift between Saudi Arabia and Iran.
But Campaign Against Arms Trade spokesman Andrew Smith said the government’s stance was insufficient.
He added: “As long as Saudi enjoys the political and military support of the most powerful Western nations, then it will continue oppressing its own population and those of neighbouring states.”
Tensions within the war-ravaged Middle East have escalated sharply in the wake of Saudi Arabia’s January 2 mass executions of 47 prisoners, including a prominent Shia cleric who had criticized the ruling monarchy and its suppression of the country’s Shia minority population: here.
“Monstrous and irreversible injustice”: Human rights groups, experts condemn repression by Saudi Arabia. After mass beheadings of 47 people, human rights leaders challenge U.S. support for the extremist Saudi monarchy: here.
Britain: Saudi Arabia executions: Philip Hammond condemned by rights campaigners for ‘excusing’ mass killings. The Foreign Secretary says ‘just to be clear, these people were terrorists’ – despite at least four of the 47 being arrested over political protests. Rights groups say Britain continues to ‘parrot the propaganda’ of its Middle East ally: here.
US commitment to human rights on display as staunch ally executes 47: here.
Germany should review arms sales to Saudi Arabia – vice chancellor: here.
Dutch VVD politician Ten Broeke, apologist for Saudi government: here.
US-armed Saudi coalition cancels ceasefire, renews military onslaught in Yemen: here.