Category Archives: Saudi Arabia

Babies born out of wedlock abandoned on Saudi streets due to fears of punishment, campaigners warn

Babies born out of wedlock are abandoned on the streets in Saudi Arabia as women fear retribution and punishment for having a child outside of marriage, campaigners have warned.

Abortion is illegal in the Middle Eastern country unless a woman’s health is at risk and sexual relations outside of marriage are criminalised – with unmarried women faced with prosecution and even jail if they are found to be pregnant.

Under the kingdom’s restrictive guardianship system, women are legal minors and cannot marry, divorce, travel, get a job, be released from prison or have elective surgery without permission from their male guardians. Women are also forbidden from mixing freely with members of the opposite sex.

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Saudi Arabia arrests eight women’s rights activists in fresh crackdown

At least eight writers and activists, including two dual US citizens and a heavily pregnant woman, have been arrested in Saudi Arabia, despite recent pressure from western governments to release human rights advocates already in jail.

The latest round of arrests targeting critics of crown prince Mohammed bin Salman, the country’s 33-year-old de facto ruler, is the first since Washington Post columnist and US resident Jamal Khashoggi was killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last October.

Those detained were vocal supporters of women’s rights in the country and had ties to activists already imprisoned. Most were taken from their homes in the capital Riyadh on Thursday.

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Why is Trudeau allowing Saudi preachers to proselytize to non-muslims in Canadian prisons?

According to this article in the Saudi Gazette – Saudi preachers make 21,500 prison visits abroad last year – Saudi preachers made some 40 visits to Canadian prisons last year to present “the beauty of Islam to non-Muslim inmates and invite them to the religion. The preachers answered the prisoners’ queries on the religion and corrected many misconceptions about Muslims and Islam.”

Aside from oil Wahhabi Terrorism is Saudi Arabia’s biggest export so I find the claim they were combating extremism dubious at best.

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Google refuses to remove Saudi government app that lets men monitor women

Google is refusing to scrap a Saudi government app which lets men track and control women.

The tech giant says that software allowing men to keep tabs on women meets all of its terms and conditions.

The Absher app will remain on the Google Play store after a review found it doesn’t violate any of the firm’s rules.

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Saudi women refugees in Germany: Still living in fear

“Where are you hiding? We know you are not in your apartment.” Ayasha* scrolls further. “We will get you. Even if you go to the end of the world, we have people who can track you down.”

Ayasha sits barefoot in sweatpants and a T-shirt in her kitchen, in front of her a folder. In it, she has collected all the threatening messages she has received, printed and had translated into German by an official interpreter.

Another message reads: “The embassy has people who can get information about you through the city administration.” It was sent from a Saudi number she recognizes: The threats came from her own family.

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Saudi crown prince defends China’s right to put Uighur Muslims in concentration camps

Mohammed bin Salman, Saudi Arabia’’s crown prince, on Friday defended China’s use of concentration camps for Muslims, saying it was Beijing’s “right”.

“China has the right to carry out anti-terrorism and de-extremisation work for its national security,” Prince Mohammed, who has been in China signing multi-million trade deals much to the annoyance of his Western allies, was quoted as saying on Chinese state television.

Xi Jinping, China’s leader, told the crown prince the two countries must strengthen international cooperation on de-radicalisation to “prevent the infiltration and spread of extremist thinking”.

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Saudi sisters renounce Islam hide in Hong Kong after fleeing kingdom

The two sisters, aged 20 and 18, who are going by the aliases of Reem and Rawan, said they fled to Hong Kong in September from a family holiday in Sri Lanka to escape alleged violent abuse.

“We fled our home to ensure our safety. We hope that we can be given asylum in a country which recognizes women’s rights and treats them as equals,” the pair said in a statement given out by their lawyer, Michael Vidler.

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At least 17 Saudi students from eight states and Canada have vanished after being convicted or charged with manslaughter, rape and child porn – and there’s growing evidence their government is flying them home

Saudi students from at least eight different states have fled the U.S. after being charged or convicted of serious crimes including manslaughter, rape and possession of child porn, it has been revealed.

After the Saudi government was accused last month of helping five citizens studying in Oregon flee after they were accused of crimes, an investigation by The Oregonian has found similar cases in Montana, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Utah, Washington and Wisconsin.

Another two cases were discovered in Nova Scotia, Canada.

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Boy, 6, ‘BEHEADED with piece of broken glass in front of screaming mother’ in Saudi Arabia

A SIX-year-old boy was beheaded with a piece of broken glass in front of his screaming mum, a campaign group has claimed.

Shia Rights Watch says that “in an unprecedented incident” the child was brutally killed in Saudi Arabia after he was confirmed to be a Shia Muslim.

TMV, which has posted footage of the murdered boy’s funeral on its website, says he was killed in broad daylight in the city of Medina last Thursday.

Sources close to the family said that Zakaria Al-Jaber was in a taxi to visit the shrine of Prophet Muhammad in Medina.

However, the taxi driver stopped the car and “forced the boy out near a coffee shop in the Al-Tilal neighbourhood”, TMV says.

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UN inquiry says Khashoggi murder ‘planned and perpetrated’ by Saudi officials

A United Nations-led inquiry into the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi said on Thursday that evidence pointed to a brutal crime “planned and perpetrated” by Saudi officials.

Khashoggi’s killing by a team of Saudi operatives on Oct. 2 provoked widespread revulsion and tarnished the image of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, previously admired in the West for pushing deep changes including tax reform, infrastructure projects and allowing women to drive.

That should earn Saudi a rap on the knuckles! With a soggy falafel.

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Saudi sisters whose bodies were found bound together in New York’s Hudson River committed SUICIDE and were NOT murdered, medical examiner rules

Two Saudi Arabian sisters whose bodies were bound together when they mysteriously washed up in New York City had killed themselves, a medical examiner has ruled.

The bodies of Tala Farea, 16, and Rotana Farea, 23, were discovered in October in the Hudson River on Manhattan’s Upper West Side – two months after they were last seen in Virginia where they had been living in a shelter amid allegations they were abused at home.

They were found fully clothed and facing each other with their feet and waists taped together.

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Ottawa looking into case where Saudi fled sex charges after embassy posted bail

HALIFAX — Federal officials are looking into how a Saudi man may have fled Canada while facing sexual assault charges, as legal experts suspect the Middle Eastern kingdom’s embassy played a key role.

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland told reporters in Sherbrooke, Que., on Thursday evening that it’s cause for concern when anyone skips bail while facing serious criminal charges, and said, “in that particular case we are looking into it.”

Lee Cohen, a veteran Halifax immigration lawyer, has said the likeliest scenario is that the Saudi embassy provided Mohammed Zuraibi Alzoabi with travel documents to leave, as his passport was being held while the 28-year-old awaited trial in Sydney, N.S.

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Saudi Arabia Rolls Out The Welcome Mat For Its Rapists & Child Porn Loving Citizens Facing Charges Abroad

Saudi man facing sexual assault charges in Nova Scotia ‘fled’ after embassy posted bail

A 28-year-old Saudi man charged with sexually assaulting a Cape Breton woman has gone missing, with a leading immigration lawyer saying it may be a case of the Middle Eastern kingdom helping a citizen flee while awaiting trial.

Nova Scotia’s prosecution service says Mohammed Zuraibi Alzoabi had $37,500 of his bail posted by the Saudi Arabian embassy last year in relation to the alleged sexual assault, assault and forcible confinement of the woman between Aug. 1, 2015 and March 26, 2017.

Saudi government helped 5 of its citizens at Oregon colleges flee the US after being convicted or charged with manslaughter, rape & child porn’

The Saudi government is accused of helping five students studying in Oregon flee the U.S. after they were charged or convicted of serious crimes including manslaughter, rape and possession of child porn.

The latest student, Abdulrahman Semeer Noorah, 23, is believed to have fled on a private jet with the help of his country’s consulate in June last year just weeks before he was due to stand trial for killing a 15-year-old girl.

Noorah’s case made international headlines last month following uproar over the killing of U.S.-based Saudi journalist, Jamal Khashoggi, who was murdered inside the country’s consulate in Istanbul in October.

Nuke Mecca Now.

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Women’s rights in Saudi Arabia: ‘I escaped to seek a better life’

It’s a dramatic story that has brought the restrictions faced by women in Saudi Arabia back into the spotlight.

Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, 18, garnered global attention last week after she locked herself into her hotel room and refused to fly back home.

She was fleeing her family in Saudi Arabia and, after instigating a high-profile Twitter campaign, was granted asylum in Canada.

As the debate about women’s rights in the country continues, another young woman who fled Saudi Arabia for Canada has told her story to the BBC.

Salwa, 24, ran away with her 19-year-old sister eight months ago and now lives in Montreal. This, in her own words, is her story.

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