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|Saudi torture of women rampant, says Amnesty|
|09/28/00 at 21:18:36|
|This from a nation that considers itself the "defenders of the faith."|
They would cringe at the mere mention of the word "biddah", but turn
around and beat the crap our of their womem without the least bit of
Saudi torture of women rampant, says Amnesty
By Robert Fisk, Middle East Correspondent
The statistics say it all. In just 10 years, 28 women have been executed
in Saudi Arabia, six of them in the past 14 months, without fair trials,
beheaded or shot through the head the Saudis will not say which often on
the basis of uncorroborated confessions. The most recent was Mukhtiara
Khadem Hussein, a Pakistani woman judicially executed on 18 July because
of a conviction for drug trafficking.
Of these, 17 were foreign nationals, a "disproportionate percentage" since
foreign nationals are only 25 per cent of the population. A Saudi woman
was beheaded in public, according to independent sources only seconds
before her daughter was executed for the same crime: murdering her
husband, the daughter's father. Noura bint Ubeid bin Aqla Zuebi and Aisha
bint Muhammed bin Daydan bin Aqlaa Al-Zuebi were executed on 11 December
1992 in Saudi Arabia's Eastern Province, scarcely 18 months after the West
"saved" Saudi Arabia from Iraqi aggression.
For the second time in six months, Amnesty International has turned its
humanitarian searchlight on Saudi Arabia's justice "system" the quotation
marks are essential demanding to know why the kingdom's judiciary and
regal authorities should subject women to arbitrary detention, arrest,
flogging and execution. An Amnesty report last March on human rights
abuses in Saudi Arabia provoked the fury of the regime but, at the least,
a limited discussion within the ruling lite. The condemnation of the
pro-Saudi press was predictable.
Today's Amnesty document, a painful account of the torture, imprisonment
and punishment of women in the Kingdom, will undoubtedly produce similar
results. Tales of the rape of Third World domestic servants by Saudi
nationals and the brutal lashing of unnumbered Filipino women by so-called
"judicial" courts will enrage the Saudi authorities. So they should.
Here, for example, is the account of a 53-year-old Filipino woman,
Violetta Calminero, who endured 150 lashes. "The three sessions of 50
lashes were administered in the space of five days ... the lashes were
administered in a room with three mutawaeen [religious police] sitting at
a table. I was made to lean over a chair fully clothed with my abaya [a
gown]... I noticed that if women squirmed or moved, the lashes became more
intense." Other women talked of being beaten by "religious" police after
their arrests, or of being assaulted by husbands who demanded divorce.
"Sometimes my husband would drag me around the floor by my hair," a Saudi
woman told Amnesty. "There were constant beatings with the head-rope.
Towards the end, my husband would lock the bedroom door at night, to stop
me [supposedly] going to have sex with a neighbour."
Saudi Arabia, Amnesty says in its latest report, is required to act in
accordance with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which
recognises "the inherent dignity and ... inalienable rights of all members
of the human family", yet the Saudi authorities have "consistently failed
to investigate allegations of abuses against women."
It quotes religious authorities as justifying a ban on women driving,
moving freely outside the Kingdom or receiving a full education. A woman
can, for instance, be a major shareholder in a company but is not allowed
to attend a board of directors meeting.
What Amnesty does not say given Saudi Arabia's oil-unique relationship
with the United States, its political dependence on American arms in the
Gulf and its fear of America's "terrorist" enemies is that not the
slightest pressure will be exerted upon its authorities to abide by human
rights laws. Even when tens of thousands of American troops were based in
the Kingdom after Iraq's invasion and occupation of Kuwait, discrimination
against women continued unabated.
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