Saudi Arabia, which carried out the gruesome mass execution of 37 people this week by beheading claimed the barbaric act was over terrorism crimes. But it is coming to light that many were minority Shi’ite Muslims who may not have had fair trials and 5 men were beheaded for being gay,
Homosexuality is punishable by death in the Gulf State, ruled over by King Salman.
A court document obtained by CNN states a man confessed to gay acts and hating the majority Sunni sect. It states: ‘He said that he did all this because he belonged to the Shia sect and because he was against the Sunni sect and because of his hate for the state and its men and its security forces.’
The executions were carried out on Tuesday in the cities of Riyadh, Mecca and Medina. One of the prisoner’s had his body and severed head pinned to a pole in a public square. The deaths were said to act as a warning to others and also a political move to impress the USA.
Many of those executed said they were totally innocent, and that their confessions had been written by the same people who had tortured them.
Tuesday’s mass execution was “another gruesome indication of how the death penalty is being used as a political tool to crush dissent from within” the country’s Shi’ite minority, said Lynn Maalouf, Amnesty International’s group’s research director for the Middle East.
European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said the executions heightened doubts about respect for the right to a fair trial in Saudi Arabia and could fuel sectarian violence.
New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) said at least 33 of the 37 men put to death were Shi’ites and it was the largest set of executions in the kingdom since January 2016.
Saudi Arabia police say they have arrested several young men who last week appeared in a what was described online as a “gay wedding” video.
In the video, the men are sprayed with confetti as they walk side by side on a carpet at an outdoor venue. One of them seems to be wearing a long bridal veil.
On Monday night, Mecca Police said they had identified “the cross-dresser and other people involved in the incident”.
The Mecca Police said the “gay wedding scene” had taken place on Friday during a festival at a resort in the holy city.
While Saudi Arabia has no written laws concerning sexual orientation or gender identity, judges use principles of Islamic law to sanction people suspected of extra-marital sexual relations, homosexual sex or other “immoral” acts.
A horrific hashtag has begun spreading across Arabic-language social media: “#اقترح_طريقة_لقتل_الشواذ” which literally translates to “#suggest_a_way_to_kill_the_faggots.”
The hashtag appeared to have been born a gay wedding was posted online on January 25 with the hashtag “زواج_للشواذ_في_جدة#” which means “faggots’_wedding_ in_ Jeddah”:
There was mass outrage on Twitter in Saudi Arabia. With some saying it was part of a gay conspiracy against the country, which is the home of Islam’s holiest city, Mecca.
Twitter has been contacted but at the time of this posting has not responded.
Saudi Arabia protested the inclusion of gay rights in the United Nations’ new agenda for global development, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which were officially adopted Friday.
Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir told a U.N. summit of world leaders that “mentioning sex in the text, to us, means exactly male and female. Mentioning family means consisting of a married man and woman,” and asserted the country’s right to disregard portions of the agenda that mandate any “deviations” from it,according to the Associated Press
The new SDG objectives replace the Millennium Development Goals that focused largely on poverty and healthcare issues. The SDGs broaden the focus by challenging inequality and also shift attention to combating climate change. Some targets, relate to universal access to reproductive healthcare and protection of sexual and gender orientation.
The Vatican has previously expressed “reservations” about the SDGs’ language surrounding sexual and reproductive rights.
Homosexuality is punishable by death in Saudi Arabia,
Gay Saudi Arabian Diplomat Ali Ahmad Asseri? , is seelkng political asylum in the United States claiming his life is in danger if he is returned to his own country.
Ali Ahmad Asseri, as saying that Saudi officials have ordered him back to his country because he is gay and had become a close friend to a Jewish woman. Asseri, who is first secretary of the Saudi consulate in Los Angeles, was questioned by the Department of Homeland Security after he applied for asylum.
Unfortunately Ali Ahmad Asseri picked the wrong country to be safe and free. Why would he seek asylum in another homophobic country? He would be best off trying in Canada or the United Kingdom.
I know I am trying. I want out of the USA so badly. (Still seeking immigration sponsorship in Canada, UK, Netherlands, or Sweden if anyone would like to help me out)
USA horrible please to be sane. Horrible place to be gay.
Mithly means “the same as me” in Arabic; it is also a respectful way to refer to homosexuals. It is a word that the people behind Mithly magazine would like to see replace the more common “shazz,” meaning pervert or deviant in Arabic, or “zemel,” an expletive to describe gays in the Moroccan Berber dialect. Mithly was launched in the Moroccan capital Rabat earlier this month. Even though the magazine has received partial funding from the European Union, it was printed clandestinely and its first 200 issues were distributed under the counter. In Morocco, as in the rest of the Arab world, homosexuality is a criminal offense, punishable with six months to three years in jail. “So far the reporting about homosexuals in Morocco has been the monopoly of the mainstream media, most of which describe us as perverts and a menace to society,” said a journalist for Mithly who identified himself only as Mourad. “Mithly is a chance for homosexuals to give their side of the story. We wanted to give homosexuals in the Arab world a voice.”
You can read Mithly online HERE
“A 27-year-old Saudi man from Jeddah has been sentenced to 1,000 lashes, a year in jail and a fine of 5,000 riyals ($1,330) after appearing in an amateur gay video (above). The film, which lasts 2 minutes and 46 seconds, shows him dressed in a police uniform asking to inspect someone’s driving licence and then flirtatiously demanding ‘physical comfort’ after saying the licence is expired. He later opens his shirt and rubs his chest, removes his cap flaunting his long hair and waves a gun suggestively.”\
Arab News says: “The video quickly spread online and through SMS… Attempts have been made to block the video from being viewed in Saudi Arabia.\
The man has not been officially named but he is named on the internet as Ahmad al-Faqih. He was arrested in January and reportedly tried in a closed court. He was charged with impersonating a police officer, committing a “general security” offence and being homosexual.
Absolutely reprehensible. pathetic. antiquated. and these people are our “allies”? The Saudi government spokesmen wear suits, have Western accents and pretend to be civilized … while defending something as barbaric and medieval as this when in reality they are no more than animals.
Now imagine what the punishment would have been if he had kissed another man! We’re talking the typical beheading/hanging that is common in that part of the world. And yet, the flat earthers want to respect the cultural diversity that gives rise to that (and this) kind of barbarism. For its own sake (because every culture is equal, so goes the meme), apparently…which is sociopathic. They want to engage in outreach with muslims who believe that gays should be imprisoned, beaten, tortured and executed. If someone really believes that…you’re more than welcome to engage in outreach with them, but I’m more than welcome to consider you a fool and ignore your suggestions for achieving equality if it deals with embracing them whikle they torture us.
And where is the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission and Amnesty International on this and why haven’t they been protestng this loudly and in the mainstream news?