mei 17 2014

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Saudi-Arabië overweegt sancties om sticker Wilders? (Update)

En hoe Wilders critici zich kapot moeten schapen!

All over the news now! 'Saudi-Arabië overweegt sancties om 'beledigende' sticker Wilders'. Het betreft de onderstaande islam groene sticker, te bestellen bij de PVV, waarop in het Arabisch te lezen staat dat de islam een leugen is, Mohammed een crimineel en de koran vergif is. Op zich niets mis met de sticker. Het zijn immers louter waarheden.

De islam is een leugen, Mohammed is een crimineel en de koran is vergif

Is het economisch gesproken heel erg als Saudi-Arabië handel naar en met Nederland voortaan zou gaan boycotten?

Volgens het CBS voerde Nederland in 2012 voor bijna 4,7 miljard euro aan goederen in uit Saudi-Arabië. Het gaat voor 90 procent om ruwe olie en olieproducten.

Daarnaast exporteerde Nederland in 2012 voor ruim 2,2 miljard euro aan goederen naar Saudi-Arabië. Het gaat vooral om machines, chemische producten en voeding. De belangrijkste Nederlandse bedrijven in Saudi-Arabië zijn Shell, FrieslandCampina en Ballast Nedam.

Nee niet echt dus. Zeker in internationale handelstermen valt de schade erg mee. Het gaat, in- en export van elkaar afgetrokken om 2,5 miljard euro. Dat is peanuts. Het grootste exportproduct van Saudi-Arabië is nog altijd terrorisme, achterlijkheid, religieus fanatisme en een eindeloze lijst aan mensenrechtenschendingen. Kortom, het is pure winst!

Uiteraard maken politieke partijen, om politieke, ideologische en electorale redenen, een hoop stampij vanwege deze mogelijke handelsboycot. Maar wat men u niet vertelt is dat de werkelijke schande niet Wilders en zijn PVV zijn maar het feit dat de EU, de VS en Nederland in het bijzonder überhaupt handel drijven met dit soort landen. De mensenrechtenschendingen zijn niet alleen massaal maar ook formeel (straf)rechtelijk geïnstitutionaliseerd in landen als Saudi-Arabië. De islam, als enige toegestane staatsreligie, dus moslims zijn daar hoofdelijk aansprakelijk voor.

Hieronder een 'shortlist' (tussen aanhalingstekens omdat zelfs een shortlist in dit geval een armlengte heeft) van de voornaamste maar zeker niet de enige mensenrechtenschendingen die in Saudi-Arabië op dagelijkse en grote schaal gebezigd worden. En vertelt u daarna nog eens 'hoe vreselijk het is dat Wilders moslims dan wel de islam beledigd'.

Saudi Arabia is one of approximately thirty countries in the world with judicial corporal punishment. In Saudi Arabia's case this includes amputations of hands and feet for robbery, and flogging for lesser crimes such as "sexual deviance" and drunkenness. In the 2000s, it was reported that women were sentenced to lashes for adultery; the women were actually victims of rape, but because they could not prove who the perpetrators were, they were deemed guilty of committing adultery.[12] The number of lashes is not clearly prescribed by law and is varied according to the discretion of judges, and ranges from dozens of lashes to several hundreds, usually applied over a period of weeks or months. In 2004, the United Nations Committee Against Torture criticized Saudi Arabia over the amputations and floggings it carries out under Sharia. The Saudi delegation responded defending "legal traditions" held since the inception of Islam 1,400 years ago and rejected interference in its legal system.

Saudi Arabia also engages in capital punishment, including public executions by beheading.[13] The death penalty can be imposed for a wide range of offences[14] including murder, rape, armed robbery, repeated drug use, apostasy,[15] adultery,[16] witchcraft and sorcery[17] and can be carried out by beheading with a sword,[15] stoning or firing squad,[16] followed by crucifixion.[17] In 2005 there were 191 executions, in 2006 there were 38, in 2007 there were 153, and in 2008 there were 102.[18]

Saudi women face discrimination in many aspects of their lives, such as the justice system. Although they make up 70% of those enrolled in universities, for social reasons, women make up 5% of the workforce in Saudi Arabia,[23] the lowest proportion in the world. The treatment of women has been referred to as "sex segregation"[24][25] and "gender apartheid".[26][27] Implementation of a government resolution supporting expanded employment opportunities for women met resistance from within the labor ministry,[28] from the religious police,[29] and from the male citizenry.[30]

In many parts of Saudi Arabia, it is believed that a woman's place is in the home caring for her husband and family, yet there are some successful ladies and some even run the house instead of the husband himself. Moreover, there is also some type of segregation inside their own homes, such as different entrances for men and women.[31]

Saudi Arabia is currently the only country in the world where women are forbidden to drive motor vehicles.[39] The motoring ban is not in statute law, but is an "informal" religious fatwa imposed by conservative Muslim clerics[40] in order to maintain the country's tradition of gender segregation. In 1990, when 47 Saudi women drove cars through the streets of Riyadh in protest against the ban, protestors were punished. "All the drivers, and their husbands, were barred from foreign travel for a year. Those women who had government jobs were fired. And from hundreds of mosque pulpits, they were denounced by name as immoral women out to destroy Saudi society."[41]

Saudi Arabian law does not recognize religious freedom, and the public practice of non-Muslim religions is actively prohibited.[45] No law specifically requires citizens to be Muslims, but article 12.4 of the Naturalization Law requires that applicants attest to their religious affiliation, and article 14.1 requires that applicants to get a certificate endorsed by their local cleric.[46] The Government has declared the Quran and the Sunna (tradition) of the Prophet Muhammad to be the country’s constitution. Neither the Government nor society in general accepts the concepts of separation of religion and state, and such separation does not exist. The legal system is based on Shari'a (Islamic law), with Shari'a courts basing their judgments largely on a code derived from the Quran and the Sunna. According to Human Rights Watch, Saudi Arabia "systematically discriminates against its Muslim religious minorities, in particular Shia and Ismailis",[47] but the Government permits Shi'a Muslims to use their own legal tradition to adjudicate noncriminal cases within their community.[46]

Among the people executed in Saudi for magic and sorcery (and often other charges) are Egyptian pharmacist Mustafa Ibrahim (beheaded in 2007 in Riyadh), Muree bin Ali bin Issa al-Asiri, (found in possession of talismans, and executed in Najran province in June 2012), Amina bin Salem Nasser,[56] (executed in December 2011 in Jawf), and Abdul Hamid Bin Hussain Bin Moustafa al-Fakki (a Sudanese migrant worker executed in a car park in Medina on September 20, 2011).[57][58][59] Ali Hussain Sibat, a Lebanese host of a popular fortune-telling TV program was arrested while in Saudi in May 2008 on Umrah and sentenced to death but finally released sometime in 2011 or 2012.[60]

Many convicted of magic receive lesser punishments of lashes and/or prison. In 2011, the "Anti-Witchcraft Unit" processed over 586 cases of magical crime.[61] In 2012 215 witchcraft arrests were made.[62] The majority of these offenders are foreign domestic workers from Africa and Indonesia.[61] Foreign domestic workers who bring unfamiliar traditional religious or folk customs are a disproportionately affected by the anti-witchcraft campaign according to Human Rights Watch researchers Adam Coogle and Cristoph Wilcke. Saudis assume folk practices are "some kind of sorcery or witchcraft"[55][61] and widespread belief in witchcraft means in can be invoked as a defense in Sharia courts against workers complaining of mistreatment by Saudi employers.[63] Humans Rights Watch believes that the conviction of a Syrian national, `Abd al-Karim Mara'I al-Naqshabandi -- executed in 1996 for undertaking `the practice of works of magic and spells and possession of a collection of polytheistic and superstitious books` -- was actually resulted from a dispute with his employer Prince Salman bin Sa'ud bin `Abd al`Aziz, a nephew of King Fahd[64][65]

LGBT rights in Saudi Arabia are unrecognized. Homosexuality is frequently a taboo subject in Saudi Arabian society and is punished with imprisonment, corporal punishment and capital punishment. Transgenderism is generally associated with homosexuality.

Speech, the press and other forms of communicative media, including television and radio broadcasting and Internet reception, are actively censored by the government to prevent political dissent and anything deemed, by the government, to be offensive to the Arab culture or Islamic morality.[68]

In 2008, a prominent Saudi blogger and reformist Fouad al-Farhan was jailed for posting comments online that were critical of Saudi business, religious and media figures, signifying a move by the government to step up its censorship polices of the Internet within its borders.[69] He was released on April 26, 2008.[70]

On December 17, 2012, blogger Raif Badawi was charged with apostasy, which carries the death penalty. Badawi is the editor and of co-founder of Free Saudi Liberals, a website for religious discussion.[73][74] The organization Human Rights Watch has called for charges against him to be dropped.[75] He has been sentenced to seven years in prison and 600 lashes for "insulting Islam." After each session of 150 lashes he will be hospitalized.[74]

Saudi novelist and political analyst Turki al-Hamad was arrested December 24, 2012 after a series of tweets on religion and other topics. The arrest was ordered by Saudi Interior Minister Prince Muhammad bin Nayef, however the charges against al-Hamad were not announced.[76] He has since been freed.[77]

Political parties are banned, but some political dissidents were freed in the 1990s on the condition that they disband their political parties. Today, only the Green Party of Saudi Arabia remains, although it is an illegal organization. Trade unions are also banned, but the government has granted permission for Saudi citizens to form some private societies, which are allowed to do some humanitarian work within the kingdom.

Public demonstrations or any public act of dissent are forbidden. In April 2011, during the 2011–2012 Saudi Arabian protests, the kingdom made it a crime to publish any criticism harming the reputation of government or religious leaders, or which harms the interests of the state.[78]

Dissidents have been detained as political prisoners in Saudi Arabia during the 1990s, 2000s and 2010s.[79] Protests and sit-ins calling for political prisoners to be released took place during the 2011–2012 Saudi Arabian protests in many cities throughout Saudi Arabia,[80][81][82][83][84] with security forces firing live bullets in the air on 19 August 2012 at a protest at al-Ha'ir Prison.[85] As of 2012, recent estimates of the number of political prisoners in Mabahith prisons range from an estimate of zero by the Ministry of Interior[81][86] to 30,000 by the UK-based Islamic Human Rights Commission[79] and the BBC.[87]

Bovenstaande in overweging genomen denk ik dat we Geert Wilders en zijn PVV heel veel dank verschuldigd zijn. Geboycot worden door een hel op aarde, zoals Saudi-Arabië, is namelijk een enorme eer. Het legt ook heel pijnlijk bloot hoe principeloos de Nederlandse overheid is. Hoe walgelijk hypocriet Nederlandse politieke partijen zijn als men Wilders en andere islamcritici verwijt 'geen respect te hebben' voor andermans, in dit geval die van moslims, rechten.

En u als zogenaamde 'kritische burger' die nu de mond vol heeft over 'die vreselijke Wilders' zou u de ogen uit de kop moeten schamen. En het zou misschien ook geen gek idee zijn als u eens bij deze kwestie stil zou staan. Want als mensenrechten voor onze overheid en onze politieke partijen totaal geen issue is en handelsbelangen voorop staan... hoeveel denkt u dan dat onze politieke en zakelijke elite zich gelegen laten liggen aan uw mensenrechten als het er ook in Nederland op aan zou komen? Denkt u daar, zeker als linksdragend mens, nou maar eens even goed over na!

Update (18-05-2014):

PvdA minister Timmermans vertrekt binnenkort richting de Saudi's om konten te kussen en om de boodschap over te brengen dat 'Nederland totaal geen problemen heeft met vrouwen- homo- en andersdenkendenhaat als dit maar ten goede komt van onze economie' en 'dat het volstrekt logisch is als een dictatuur aanstoot neemt aan een stickertje'.

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