Petition Tag - saudi

1. Join Desmond Tutu & Noam Chomsky's Statement of Principle for Peace Between Iran and Saudi Arabia

Civil Society Statement of Principle for Peace Between Iran and Saudi Arabia (Initial co-signers: Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Professor Noam Chomsky)

We the undersigned hereby seek the support of all who desire genuine peace, joining all efforts to help move the increasingly volatile Middle East away from the brink of even deeper disasters. Through this statement of principled peace, we express our deep worry about the prospects of further escalations (especially in sectarian and ethnic realms) in the chronically conflicted relations between Iran and Saudi Arabia.

We condemn vigorously both the unjustifiable recent execution in Saudi Arabia of Sheikh Nimr Al-Nimr, and the equally shocking attack (claimed by the perpetrators to be a “spontaneous emotional reaction” to the execution) that damaged substantially the Saudi Arabian embassy/consulate buildings in Iran. We believe that embassies are ultimate refuges for peace, so they should remain inviolable at all times. So we share the view that this anti-diplomatic act of un-Islamic violence has not only shifted the blame (as to whose actions sparked the latest crisis) from Saudi Arabia to Iran, but also it is foundationally contrary to the spirit of nonviolence that characterized the civil struggles of Sheikh Nimr Al-Nimr.

We believe strongly that Saudi-Iranian collaboration toward peace, rather than deepening hostility, is most critically needed--particularly at this dangerous juncture in the history of our interconnected planet. Thus, we advocate and hope for such a collaboration, if for no other reason than struggling successfully against the horrific war crimes and terrorism committed around the world by the entity that self-righteously calls itself the “Islamic” State. So we urge all parties to the conflict to take immediate and longer-term healing actions (not mere gestures), while exercising maximum good will, restraint, and patience, and we extend our principled support, especially to the efforts by the Iranian and Saudi Arabian governments to reduce the temperature of this increasingly worrisome crisis.

Given the above, we support Iran's President Hassan Rouhani in his request of the country's judiciary to “immediately process” the court cases of those who actually attacked the Saudi Arabian embassy/consulate buildings, and to meaningfully pursue and prosecute those who ordered and orchestrated the perpetrators; so as to result in visible and just “punishments for [such] obvious crimes...[hence] preventing similar outrages” in the future, as Mr. Rouhani has stated accurately.

And we urge the government of Saudi Arabia to reciprocate such Iranian good will efforts by taking meaningful immediate steps toward restoration of mutual diplomatic relations (and economic, religious/cultural, tourism, sports, etc. ties) which were not severed by Iran, even after the horrible "Hajj/Mina stampede" of September 2015--in which 1/5th of the victims were Shiite Iranian pilgrims. We believe that given the region's profoundly interconnected destiny, Iran's role as a substantial power (and partner for peace) needs to be recognized and utilized, especially by Saudi Arabia.

In closing, we wholeheartedly invite all caring people around our distressed planet to sign this critical plea for principled peace--and please do kindly spread its word far and wide. We thank you.

Authored Jan. 8, 2016 by: Moji Agha (Mojtaba Aghamohammadi)
Iranian-American sufi monk and civility activist; Founder, Mossadegh Legacy Institute and its independently functioning initiative, the Circles of Nonviolence/Community Collaboratives -- Please see: http://mossadeghlegacyinstitute.blogspot.com/p/america-for-nonviolence-anv.html
Info/Contact: moji.agha [at] gmail.com

2. Free Pakistani political analyst Zaid Hamid

JEDDAH – The Saudi court sentenced Pakistani commentator Zaid Hamid to eight years and 1200 whips’ over criticizing Saudi government, reported by private TV channel.

According to reports, Zaid Hamid was arrested during a private tour of Saudi Arabia with his wife. Officials said that Zaid spoke against the Saudi government two weeks ago in a ceremony speech. Saudi court convicted Zaid Hamid sentenced to eight years in prison and a thousand lashes.

This is totally unacceptable & against freedom of expression.
Saudi Arabia cannot arrest Pakistani citizens.

3. Draw the line: Vote No to destruction of the Great Pyramids and the Prophet's tomb

One man.

One man is the most responsible for Islamic extremism.

Wikipedia describes him as the "most influential Wahhabi Muslim religious and legal authority in Saudi Arabia."

The Saudi King appointed this man Grand Mufti in 1999.

These men should not be called Muslims. They do not follow the traditional compassionate teachings of Islam.

They, and most Saudi, are best called Wahhabi.

"Wahhabism emerged only 250 years ago under the guidance of an obscure fanatic known as Muhammad Ibn 'Abd al-Wahhab who later formed an alliance with a group of desert bandits, the Sauds."

See: http://www.meforum.org/535/saudi-arabia-and-the-rise-of-the-wahhabi-threat

Compassion has no room in the soul of the Wahhabi. They consider it a religious duty to convert everyone. It is also a duty to remove temptations that lure a current member away.

Other religions, and traditional Islamic teachings, are not tolerated. Anything supporting these is "rightly" destroyed. This includes churches, temples, and ancient cities. It includes the Great Pyramids and everything supporting traditional Islamic teachings.

"Sami Alawi, the founder and former director of Mecca’s Hajj Research Center and opponent of the destruction of Mecca’s historic sites, estimates that over 300 antiquity sites in Mecca and Medina have already been destroyed, such as the house of the first caliph, Abu Bakr, which was leveled to make room for the Mecca Hilton Hotel.

An ancient house belonging to the Prophet Mohammed was recently razed to make room for a public toilet facility."

See: https://worldshiaforum.wordpress.com/2012/08/22/are-the-saudi-wahhabi-clergy-waiting-for-an-opportunity-to-destroy-the-prophets-mosque-in-medina-by-ali-taj/

An uncompleted task for the Wahhabi is the destruction of the Green Dome and Prophet's tomb. They claim 750 year old historic Islamic building and the tomb cause Muslims to stray from their (Wahhabi) beliefs. The Grand Mufti issued a fatwa and deemed its destruction an obligation.

It is important to notice where many requests for fatwa originate. They do not always come from Islamic teachings. Instead, these fatwa endorse a government position.

The fatwa against the Prophet's tomb can be traced to a 61 page justification first approved by the House of Saud.

When the House of Sauds called for the destruction of churches, the Grand Mufti supplied a matching fatwa. 15 March 2012

When members of the House needed to justify young girls as wives, the Grand Mufti declared 10 years old to be okay.

Other Grand Mufti in each country follow his example.

A fatwa now exists making it a religious duty to destroy everything from Christian churches, Catholic Cathedrals, Hindu Temples, ancient cities, sculptures, and graveyards.

Muslims now have a duty to kill every American, Brit, Frenchman, and Italian. Fatwa Philippines

It is okay to gang rape young girls, if they are not Muslims. Fatwa Iraq

The Great Pyramids should be leveled. Fatwa Kuwait

Proposed Change:
The Grand Mufti must withdraw the destructive fatwa he issued. He can defy his mega yacht masters. He can demonstrate he follows core Islamic teachings of compassion, love, and peace. He can condemn destruction and violence in the name of the House of Saud.

Please sign this petition and forward so all understand the root of Islamic extremism.

4. Saudi Arabia MUST Rescind Sentence Of 200 Lashes, Six Months In Prison For Rape Victim!

A woman who was violently gang raped in Saudi Arabia has been sentenced to 200 lashes and six months in jail after being found guilty of indecency and talk to the media.

The 19-year-old was in a car with a student friend when two men got into the vehicle and drove them to a secluded area. She says she was raped by seven men, three of whom also attacked her friend.

The Shia Muslim woman had initially been sentenced to 90 lashes after being convicted of violating the Kingdom's religious diktats on segregation of the sexes.

After the sentences were handed down following the rape in 2006, the woman was sentenced to 90 lashes; however her lawyer appealed to the Saudi General Court. It then doubled her sentence. At the same time, they also doubled the prison sentences for the seven men convicted of raping her, according to Saudi news outlets.

Abdul Rahman Al-Lahem, who defended the woman, reached out to the media after the sentences were handed down. The court has since banned him from further defending the woman, confiscating his license and summoning him to a disciplinary hearing later this month.

Saudi Arabia defended the controversial decision to punish the victim, saying that she was at fault for being out without a male family member, something which was met with international outcry.

"The Ministry of Justice welcomes constructive criticism, away from emotions," it said in a statement.

5. Free Saudi Women's Rights Activists Loujain al-Hathloul and Maysa al-Amoudi, Reffered To "Terrorism" Court For "Crime" Of Driving A Car!

December 25, 2014--Two Saudi women detained for nearly a month for defying a ban on females driving were referred to a court established to try terrorism cases on Thursday, according to friends of the defendants.

Activists said it was the first time female drivers have been referred to the specialised criminal court in Riyadh, and that their detention is the longest of female drivers in Saudi history.

Four people close to Loujain al-Hathloul, 25, and Maysa al-Amoudi, 33, said they are not being charged for defying the driving ban but for voicing opinions online. They declined to elaborate on the specific charges because of the sensitivity of the case and anonymously for fear of government reprisal.

They told the Associated Press the women’s defence lawyers had appealed against the judge’s decision to transfer their cases to the court, which was established to try terrorism cases but has also been used to try peaceful dissidents and activists. An appeals court in Dammam, the capital of Eastern Province, is expected to rule on the referral in the coming days, they said.

Human Rights Watch recently said Saudi authorities are expanding a crackdown on people who criticise the government online. It said judges and prosecutors are using a 2007 anti-cybercrime law to charge Saudi citizens for peaceful tweets and social media comments.”

At the time of their arrest, Hathloul and Amoudi had a combined Twitter following of more than 355,000. They were vocal supporters of a grassroots campaign launched last year to oppose the ban on women driving.

In 1990, 50 women were arrested for driving. They had their passports confiscated and lost their jobs. In 2011 a woman was sentenced to 10 lashes for driving, though the king overturned the sentence.

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Supporters of the driving campaign delivered a petition to the royal court this month asking King Abdullah to pardon the two women.

Organisers of the campaign, which began in October 2013, say the ban on women driving underpins wider issues that give men powerful sway over women’s lives. An activist said the ban is also part of “a wider effort to quash any chances of raising the ceiling on civil liberties” in Saudi Arabia.

Though no laws ban women from driving in Saudi Arabia, authorities do not issue them licences and ultra-conservative Saudi clerics have issued religious edicts against it. No such ban exists anywhere else in the world, even in other conservative Gulf countries.

Thursday’s brief court session was the second time the women appeared before the judge in the eastern al-Ahsa region, where they have been detained after driving to Saudi Arabia from the United Arab Emirates.

Hathloul was stopped by border guards and her passport was confiscated for more than 24 hours when she attempted to cross the border on 30 November with a UAE driver’s licence in an act of defiance.

Amoudi, a UAE-based Saudi journalist, was stopped when she went to deliver food and a blanket to Hathloul at the border, activists and relatives say. They were formally arrested on 1 December.

There has been no official Saudi comment on the arrests.

Hathloul is in a correctional facility for juveniles and Amoudi is in a prison. Relatives say they have been allowed to see them for short supervised visits.

6. FREE Raif Baddawi - a forgotten victim of Saudi oppression and cruelty

Raif Baddawi is a Saudi blogger who was sentenced last May 2014 to 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes on charges related to accusations that he insulted Islam on a liberal online forum he had created. The lashings were administered at 50 a session once a week over 20 weeks. In addition to the brutal whippings Baddawi ordered by the Jiddah Criminal Court to pay a fine of 1 million Saudi riyals, or about £175,900.

He has been held since mid-2012, and his Free Saudi Liberals website is now closed. Badawi was originally sentenced in 2013 to seven years in prison and 600 lashes in relation to the charges, but after an appeal, the judge stiffened the punishment. Baddawi's only crime was daring to create a public forum and peacefully exercising the right to freedom of expression.

Badawi's lawyer Waleed Abul-Khair was sentenced in July to 15 years imprisonment and barred from traveling for another 15 years after being found guilty by an anti-terrorism court of "undermining the regime and officials," ''inciting public opinion" and "insulting the judiciary."

7. The 2000 Treaty of Jeddah

During the dictator Mr Ali Abdullah Saleh’s rule in Yemen, he signed what is so called Jeddah border treaty in year 2000.

The treaty gave the Saudis total control over the Asir, Najran, and Jizan provinces for a financial gains to a dictator and few of Al Ahmar family members as well as passing the treaty in the parliament through a parliamentarian MPs who never been elected by Yemenis.

8. إلى قناة الجزيرة من شباب الثورات العربية

نرى بعض التقصير في شيء نحبه.. نريد أن نعالجه
We Demand our favorite Channel Aljazeera in Bahrain, Syria and Saudi Arabia to follow the same editorial policy which it used in covering Tunisia, Egypt and libya.

9. Shaukathullah Ghori is Innocent

Shock over arrest of Riyadh-based Indian muezzin in Hyderabad
By Shahid Ali Khan

RIYADH – News of the arrest of a Riyadh-based Indian muezzin on his arrival in the Indian city of Hyderabad, Saturday, has raised many eyebrows here.
Many regular worshippers at a mosque in Al-Wazarat district here where muezzin Shaukatullah Ghouri used to call the faithful to prayer five times a day, and sometimes lead obligatory prayers, were shocked by Indian news reports of Ghouri’s arrest.

Ghouri was arrested at Rajiv Gandhi International (RGI) airport at Shamshabad on the outskirts of Hyderabad upon his arrival from Jeddah. He is said to have left for Hyderabad for his wife’s medical treatment.

Personnel of the Organization for Counter-Terrorist Operations (OCTOPUS) reportedly arrested Ghouri, his wife and their four children soon after they landed at RGI airport.

The muezzin is accused of involvement in a terror attack in Gujarat on Sept. 24, 2002 which left 30 dead and over a 100 injured.

“Shaukatullah and his brother, Farhatullah, are both involved in the Akshardham temple attack,” DNA newspaper quoted a senior Intelligence officer as saying. “Both the brothers were initially trained by Jaish-e-Mohammad after which they worked in Ahmedabad. When their names figured in the list of suspects in the Akshardham attack case in 2002, both fled to Saudi Arabia.” Farhatullah Ghouri is still absconding, the paper said.

However, few among the worshippers at Hai Al-Wazarat Mosque in Riyadh believe the allegations against Ghouri, a Hafizul Qur’an (memorizer of Qur’an), who has been serving at the mosque for the past two decades.
Hussain Al-Wadani, the Saudi imam of Masjid Al-Salwa, where Ghouri worked, felt that Ghouri would be absolved of the charges.
“God willing, Ghouri will come clean because he is an innocent man,” the imam told a group of Indian Muslims at the mosque, trying to ally their concerns over news of the arrest.
Ghouri is a professional muezzin and well known for his good character, voice and skills of recitation of the Qur’an and for the azan (prayer call), one of the Indians in the group told Saudi Gazette, asking not to be identified.

“It seems Ghouri is being framed,” he said. “We have been reading media reports and watching news channels on how the police have been victimizing innocent people, and strangely enough some were even killed in fake encounters.”
The Imam said he would do his best to support Ghouri in whatever paperwork he might require from Riyadh.
Others who frequent the mosque said they would sign a petition for submission to Indian Ambassador M.O.H. Farooq seeking his intervention for the safe release of Ghouri.

Rashid Abdul Qayoom, a regular worshipper at the mosque, said he has know Ghouri since he arrived in Saudi Arabia. “Ghouri is a legal resident of Saudi Arabia. He arrived in Riyadh on a “free visa” sometime in 1989, and since 1991 he has been working as a muezzin at Masjid Al-Salwa, Qayoom said.
Many students of the Qur’an memorization madrasa that Ghouri ran at his house were also shocked by news of the arrest. All of Ghouri’s children are Hafiz (who have memorized the Holy Qur’an).

Ghouri’s neighbor told Saudi Gazette that Ghouri was drawing a monthly salary package of around SR2,100 which was hardly enough for his six-member family’s monthly expenses. “The muezzin sahib very often spoke about financial hardship, particularly when it came to payment of annual housing rent,” the neighbor said. Ghouri managed by running the Qur’an memorization school which has an enrolment of around 20 students, he said.

To travel to India, Ghouri chose to fly Oman Air for its comparatively cheaper fares, the neighbor added, speaking on condition of anonymity.
According to Indian news reports, Ghouri was taken to an undisclosed location where he was interrogated by officials of OCTOPUS and the local police. His wife and children were taken to a farmhouse where their baggage was searched and their passports and some educational certificates were seized. His wife and children were later released.

Ghouri was handed over to the Gujarat police on Sunday morning as a non-bailable arrest warrant is pending against him in the Akshardham case, reports said. – SG