British government defends Saudi dictatorship


This video from the USA says about itself:

14 June 2015

“The public flogging of jailed blogger Raif Badawi is now “sure” to resume after Saudi Arabia’s Supreme Court upheld his sentence at the weekend, his wife has told The Independent.

Ensaf Haidar spoke out amid growing fears among human rights groups that Mr Badawi will be publicly flogged for a second time on 12 June. On 7 June his sentence of ten years in jail and 1,000 lashes was upheld despite the international outcry over his treatment.

Ms Haidar, who now lives in Quebec with the couple’s three children after being forced to flee Saudi Arabia, said she was convinced that his brutal punishment was about to resume and called on the country’s royal family to release him.”

Read more here.

By Steve Sweeney in Britain:

Disgraceful Fallon lays into critics of Saudi Arabia

Thursday 26th October 2017

ANTI-ARMS TRADE campaigners branded Defence Secretary Michael Fallon “disgraceful” yesterday after he called on MPs to stop criticising Saudi Arabia so that Britain can sell more weapons to the brutal theocracy.

Mr Fallon told the Commons defence committee that criticism of the Gulf kingdom and its brutal bombardment of Yemen was a hindrance to British arms sales.

He said that Parliament needed to do “everything possible” to ensure that Saudi Arabia signs a deal to buy a second batch of Eurofighter jets after his visit to the country last month.

Britain has licensed an incredible £3.8 billion of arms sales to Saudi forces since the bombing of Yemen began in March 2015.
Campaigners failed to win a judicial review halting the exports earlier this year amid allegations of war crimes being committed in Yemen, where more than 10,000 people have been killed and millions displaced.

The United Nations said Yemen was suffering from the “world’s worst cholera outbreak” and blamed it on the bombing campaign.

Andrew Smith of Campaign Against Arms Trade said: “These comments from the Secretary of State for Defence are disgraceful. He is calling on other parliamentarians to join him in putting arms sales ahead of human rights, democracy and international humanitarian law.

The Saudi regime has one of the most appalling human rights records in the world, and has inflicted a terrible humanitarian catastrophe on Yemen.

“Fallon should be doing all he can to stop the bloodshed and end UK complicity in the suffering, not urging his colleagues to willingly ignore the abuses in order to sell even more weapons.

Arms sales to human rights-abusing regimes like Saudi Arabia would not be possible without the support of ministers like Fallon.”

The House of Saud is still in denial, by Nesrine Malik. Despite crown prince Mohammed’s pledge of reform there is no honest acknowledgement yet of what lies behind Saudi Arabia’s malaise: here.

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