Basic Rights

Free Raif BadawiRaif Badawi was supposed to get a second part of  getting a 1000 lashes (50 a week for 20 weeks) last Friday, but it was delayed for medical reasons.  In addition to his 1000 public lashes, of which he has already received the first 50, he is to serve 10 years for basically expressing his opinions and wanting a little more of what most of us  consider basic human rights.

Basically his primary crime was to voice an opinion about having more freedoms in Saudi Arabi.  His opinion suggested that both the regime and the Islamic religion were to rigid and need to be more open-minded.  He was first charged with a high crime against Islam and that would have carried a death penalty, but the courts dismissed that initial complaint.

The surprising thing, the lack of action from any European country or the US, or really even the UN in regards to this action.  All of the above do not approve of such kind of brutal punishments but because of the lucrative trade of oil and the seemingly stable relationship, no one will say anything but a muted we disapprove.

Glad that I live in America where I am relatively at ease to say what I want when I want to say it without fear of such harsh tactics to silence any dissent.

6 Replies to “Basic Rights”

  1. I couldn’t agree more. It really burns me up when some is just expressing an honest opinion and gets caught up in a repressive government stifling of free thought. You have to wonder if some of our “Prophets” wouldn’t have been subject to the same kind of treatment if they lived today!

    1. Couldn’t agree more Charlie. I guess to some degree that is what happened with Jesus, not so much the ‘Roman’ government as it was the ‘ruling’ class that the Romans allowed from the Jews to do their bidding – but kind of the same.

    1. Me either… and the things we (as America) will go fight for and and not – just depending on how our interest in the area and their resources seems to pan out.

  2. I blogged about this last week when he received his first 50 lashes. Shocking that he is punished this way for expressing an opinion in his publication. His wife and daughters have gone to Canada, leaving him to face it alone.
    I see your point about the reason no other countries have stepped in.

    1. I was planning on mentioning at that time (the first fifty) but I was in a bad mood from a blogging perspective. I figure that his wife and daughters fled as much for their own safety as anything.

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