UNHRC member Saudi Arabia: lashing of blogger is justified under Sharia and human rights law

 

badawi award thumbnailFollowing is today’s despicable statement by Saudi Arabia, an elected member of the U.N. Human Rights Council, concerning jailed blogger Raif Badawi, who recently won our 2015 Geneva Summit Courage Award.

Source: Saudi Press Agency

Official Source at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs: The Kingdom cannot believe the interest some media have taken in the case of Citizen Rai’ef Badowi and the judicial sentence he has received

Riyadh, Mar 7, 2015, SPA — An official source at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said: “The Kingdom cannot believe and strongly disapproves what has been addressed in some media outlets about the case of Citizen Rai’ef Mohammed Badowi and the judicial sentence he has received.

While we regret the aggressive attacks these media have leveled against the Kingdom and its Judiciary system, the Kingdom assures at the same time that it rejects in shape and form any interference in its internal affairs. It accepts neither any impingement on its sovereignty nor encroachment on the impartiality and independence of judiciary system. Judges have absolute powers in their sentencing; and the Kingdom emphatically assures that all cases under review at courts are dealt with impartially without distinctions or exceptions.
The source added that the Kingdom unequivocally rejects any aggression under the pretext of Human Rights; after all, the constitution of the Kingdom originates from the Islamic Sharia which enshrines one’s sacred rights to life, property, honor, and dignity.

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has been one of the first States to promote and support human rights and has on this regard respected all international conventions congruent with the Islamic Sharia. Though these commitments are more than obvious, some international quarters and some media, regrettably, have emptied human rights of their sublime meanings. Instead, such quarters and media deviated towards politicizing and abusing those rights to serve aggressions against the right of States to sovereignty, under standards that cannot be described except by their double and selective nature to serve political ends. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will most certainly disallow such matter.

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