Fathima Al Kwaini and her friends, including three males, had been celebrating Kwaini’s birthday at a friends house. A neighbour reported this to Saudi Arabia’s religious police. When the police arrived the girls were dancing with their male friends and they were arrested immediately.
The ultra conservative Saudi’s have one of the worst global human rights records, and yet they are also a member of the United Nations Human Rights commission Sickeningly, they recently got elected to the Women’s Rights Commission.
According to Human Rights Watch the girls were detained for more than a year before the trial and never confessed to committing any crime. However the verdict of the “male only” Sharia panel was that they need o be executed in accordance with the Sharia law. The boys were only advised “not to be victimized” the report further states.
Saudi uses methods such as beheading, stoning and crucifixion to execute women for crimes, including adultery, in the strict Islamic country. Beheadings take place in public squares where the headless corpses are later put on display.
Despite continuous international pressure mostly exerted by human rights activists and the public in general, neither the UN nor EU was successful in bringing any notable improvements to the Saudi’s practices.
The US President Donald Trump visited Saudi Arabia recently – and never discussed its human rights records, although he signed an arms deal worth $110bn (£85bn) with them. During her visit to Saudi Arabia last April, Theresa May too vouched that she will increase arms deals there – her Foreign Minister Micheal Fallon has attacked protesters against the Saudi regime for risking British arms deals.
These lucrative arms contracts are ensuring that no pressure is exerted on the Saudi regime despite worldwide outrage over Saudi Arabia’s killings of innocents.” – XXN