The Saudi clerics, the judges who decide the sentencing of the prisoners, the religious police of
vice and virtue and the government are untouchable. They have been getting away with crimes
against humanity for centuries by instilling fear in people. Saudi Arabia is in violation of every
international law and no government has risen to the occasion and openly condemned them for
their actions. Here are a few atrocious examples of what happens when you're trapped in Saudi
In 2007, a 19-years-old newly wed got beaten and ganged-raped multiple times for a
number of hours by seven men and the Saudi court blamed her for the attack and
sentenced her to six months in jail and 90 lashes. When she complained, the sentence was
increased to 200 lashes. Three of the men who assaulted her were no where to be found
because the authorities didn’t want to bother looking for them. The four men who were
caught with the help of her husband were only charged with kidnapping because the judge
in charge said there was no proof even though video images taken on a cell phone had been
presented to the judge. Her lawyer Abdul Rahman al-Laham leaked the story to the media.
After much international pressure, the charges for the 19-year old were dropped. However,
Mr. al-Laham's license was suspended and his passport taken away.
In Riyadh, when a 63-years-old woman got sick, her Nigerian neighbor, Ibrahim Mohammed
Lawal, offered to take her to a hospital. He took her to several hospitals but they all refused
to treat the woman. Finally one hospital had the heart to accept her. Days later, Mr. Lawl
went to see how his neighbor was doing. In his neighbor's apartment there were three other
female relatives. They were all sitting and talking when several officials burst in and arrested
him for being in presence of unrelated women and put him behind bars for 50 days.
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In 2008, Yara, a married woman and a mother of three who didn't want to disclose her last
name from fear of harm coming to her, was working in Riyadh when there was an outage in
the building where she worked. She and her officemate decided to go to a nearby Starbucks
to use the internet. Dressed in her abaya and head scarf, she sat in a curtained booth  with
her coworkers when the religious police of vice and virtue questioned and arrested her for
being in the company of an unrelated man. She was taken to prison, shoved into a
bathroom filled with dirt and water, told to take all her clothes off and squat while the
authorities threw her clothes in dirt and water and then told her to put them back on. They
took her cell phone away and would not allow her to call a lawyer. When the story was
leaked, a representative from an American embassy simply said this is a matter of Saudi
internal affair and wasn't much help. Lucky for Yara, her husband’s political connections
helped her get released. Had she had no connections, her story would have been buried in
sand and she would have become another statistic.
In prisons, many are tortured and beaten. If a prisoner complains, the guards hang them
with hand cuffs with their feet suspended or take their blanket away and leave them in
freezing conditions. In a deportation center in Jeddah, a detainee's infant died from the cold
and lack of milk.
Abdallah Al-Bishi, a court appointed executioner for Mecca, said in an interview with
MEMRI TV that he has no problems with chopping off limbs and decapitating heads. A
person who is beheaded is not anesthetized, he said, and many have been his friends but
he didn't feel bad because whoever commits an offense brings it on himself. He said he gets
up in the morning, eats breakfast. Then a police car picks him up and he goes to work. It's
all very normal, he admitted
"All humanity is one undivided and
indivisible family, and each one of us is
responsible for the misdeeds of all the
others." - Mahatma Gandhi