Last December, Information Clearing House’s Cora Currier published an article released by Al-Jazeera but that it retracted soon thereafter. The article was titled “Saudi Arabia Uses Terrorism As An Excuse for Human Rights Abuses” and was written by Washington DC-based lawyer Arjun Sethi.
In Sethi’s article dated last December, he alerts the international community to the Saudi’s then plan to execute over 50 individuals charged of crimes of terrorism, which included a prominent Shiite cleric among others. Back then, the executions were not officially confirmed, however, it is worth mentioning that on January 2nd 2016 did in fact carry out the execution of the cleric and 46 others.
Motivated by securing the regime and the ruling family, Saudi Arabia cracks down on any form of dissent. But because the accused included six Shiites, Sethi argues that the monarchy is particularly concerned by Shiite activism, especially that the Shiite community is known to be concentrated in the oil rich Eastern province of the kingdom.
Through this event, Sethi highlights the alarming unfair trials and due process experienced in Saudi Arabia, which he says does not only visible in the procedure but is also codified into law, particularly in the anti-terrorism law that was passed in 2014, which rules out any form of activism and protests against the monarchical establishment.
He is shocked by the fact that Saudi Arabia was given a seat in the UN Human Rights Council, and as a U.S.-based lawyer he especially criticized America’s silence on these grave violations of human rights, which is fundamentally driven by mutual interests:
“In 2014, for example, President Barack Obama visited the kingdom but made no mention of its ongoing human rights violations. In return, he and the first family received $1.4 million in gifts from the Saudi king. (By law U.S. presidents must either pay for such gifts or turn them over to the National Archives.) The two leaders discussed energy security and military intelligence, shared interests that have connected the U.S. and Saudi Arabia for nearly a century.
Obama traveled to the kingdom earlier this year to offer his condolences on the passing of King Abdullah and to meet with the new ruler, King Salman. Again, human rights were never mentioned. Instead, U.S. National Security Adviser Susan Rice tweeted that Abdullah was a “close and valued friend of the United States.””
This article exposes the international community which has blatantly ignored these violations and as a result have emboldened the Saudi monarchy to do whatever it sees fit in its war on terror, or any form of challenge against the regime establishment.
Source: Information Clearing House