The ‘shared values’ of Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom
Cranmer would simply like to know what these are.
The following ‘values’ are manifest in Saudi Arabia:
Support for Wahabism
Support for Islamic jihad
Repression of human freedoms
Trials remain closed despite laws declaring they are open to the public
Judges commonly pronounce guilty verdicts based on little evidence
Children are jailed for minor offences, including vague ‘moral’ charges
Children face beatings and solitary confinement
Children as young as 13 have been sentenced to death
Women are controlled have no right to act on their own behalf
Women are subject to the control of male guardians
Guardians can restrict rights to employment, education and freedom of movement.
Prisoners are routinely tortured
Workers go unpaid for months or years, despite working long hours at times with no days off. Physical and sexual abuse is commonplace
Labour is frequently forced
Human trafficking is rampant
Executions, floggings, and prolonged detention of peaceful critics without charge or trial are commonplace
For a full list of our shared values, see the report of Amnesty International. Under the authoritarian rule of the Saudi royal family, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has enforced strict shari’a religious laws under a doctrine of Wahabism. It is vindictive, retributive, and without mercy. Many western freedoms, which emanate from a Christian understanding of mercy, forgiveness, and man’s obligations toward his fellow man and to God, simply do not exist.
And by suggesting that the kingdoms of Abdullah and Elizabeth II share some kind of moral equivalence, Mr Howells and this Labour administration insult our intelligence. And by obliging Her Majesty to cordially host this tyrant, they demean her status, compromise her integrity, and confound her witness.