RIYADH, July 15 (RIA Novosti)
Saudi Arabia considers statement of Russian Foreign Ministry's Commissioner for Human Rights Konstantin Dolgov about unrest in the kingdom's east 'unfriendly', SPA state news agency reported on Sunday.
Dolgov said in a statement published at the ministry's web-site this week that the Saudi government should ensure the rights of the Shiite population, such as peaceful rallies and freedom of view expression, in the kingdom where the vast majority of citizens are the Sunnis. He also thinks that suppression of rallies "may negatively impact on stability and harmony of civil society in Saudi Arabia".
"The kingdom condemns this statement, considering it unfriendly. Riyadh wants to remind the Russian commissioner that it still strive to respect the laws, sovereignty and independence of states and distance itself from interfering in internal affairs [of other states], including in Russian affairs and its policy to resolve conflicts on their own territory," SPA quoted the Saudi Foreign Ministry's statement.
Mass protests of Shiites, living in the oil-rich eastern province of Saudi Arabia, broke out again this week after their chief spiritual leader Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr was arrested and wounded and two of his assistants were killed.
Saudi Foreign Ministry also said it hoped that such remarks of the Russian commissioner did not aim at diverting attention away from unrest in Syria.
Under Amnesty International information, about 500 people has been arrested in the kingdom's eastern province since February 2011 for rallies participation. Six citizens were killed during the rallies' suppression.
Protesters call for democratic reforms, end of Shiite discrimination and release of detained demonstrators, while the Saudi government blames the protesters for fomenting unrest, combating with police and working for 'external forces'.
Add to blog
You may place this material on your blog by copying the link.
- SirkoHow Come...???20:22, 15/07/2012We never hear one word about this in all the western mass media?
"The Kingdom" My butt! You have a cliaue of fat ass moneybags living like gods at the expense of the common Arab...
Human Rights Watch Bullshit!
Freedom of Information!
Amnesty International Bullshit!
Yad, yada, yada...
- arsanlupinTry talking less and listening more -21:32, 15/07/2012Maybe you didn’t hear it because you’re too busy inventing new insults to toss at anyone who calls you out on your foul-mouthed Western-phobic irrational lie-filled incoherent vitriolic delusional nonsensical rantings. You need to get out a little more – after you have your meds adjusted.
- bielecTo arsanlupin -02:55, 16/07/2012I see you're back from your holiday, it's nice to hear your nonsense, again. It helps those of us who have different opinion from yours. We get more credibility vis a vis your Fox News narrative.
Now, I don't believe that you seriously mean what you are writing.
Saudi monarchy, the birthmother, birthfather, and the main supporter of Al-Qaeda. Just thing of the many implications of this one sentence. Saudi monarchy behind 9/11, behind murders and terrorism, behind seeding religious conflicts, behind providing pretexts for otherwise illegal Western military interventions, behind supporting Israeli illegal expansion in the Arab lands.
The only thing I wonder about is who you are serving. Is it CIA, or MI6 or Mossad? Or all of the above? You cannot simply be a prduct of Western education and propaganda, your arguments are too illogical and too unrealistic.
- ruypenalvaNo one word from NATO countries...00:00, 16/07/2012NATO silence when human rights violations come from Saudi Arab or friends states. USA also forget that their invasion in Iraq kill more than 100.000 peoples there.
- arsanlupinNot true03:50, 16/07/2012The West has in fact been reporting on the unrest in eastern Saudi Arabia - see above. But they haven’t done enough. They must do more – much more.
Western governments have been trying to persuade the Saudi monarchy to act more responsibly towards non Sunnis in their country, as well as to provide more representation of all citizenry in the government. But they haven’t done enough. They must do more – much more.
That being said, Commissioner Dolgov was correct in expressing his country’s concern over Saudi Arabia’s shabby treatment of its religious minorities. The Saudi response showed that they didn’t want it discussed openly – that they wanted to handle the situation “quietly”. Too bad – they need to understand that, going forward, all governments will be called upon by the world to treat their citizenry with more decency and respect. Saudi Arabia is not exempt from this, and Commissioner Dolgov and the Russian government should be lauded for his statement. The EU and NATO countries should be as open and public with their criticism of the Saudi government as Russia is. But they haven’t done enough. They must do more – much more.
Here’s a radical thought: what if NATO, the EU, and the USA were to unite in publicly speaking out against Saudi repression of Shiite and other religious minorities? What if they began to apply sanctions against Saudi Arabia, in an effort to pressure them? Not just cosmetic sanctions – REAL sanctions, like withholding military equipment, freezing overseas assets, and issuing travel bans. Would Iran and Russia and Venezuela make a sincere effort to fill the shortfall in Western oil supplies when Saudi Arabia inevitably responds with an oil embargo capable of crippling them all?
No, I didn’t think so either … and more’s the pity. The things we could accomplish if Russia and The West were to work together …
- PETEPETEPETEThe Terrorist Factory as spoken.01:31, 16/07/2012The Saudis are the "Factory of Terrorist Friendnemies" and they were the main responsibles for the mass slaughter in Chechnya by the way, the hot-blooded neanderthal part of me thinks that the Royals should be given the same treatment Gaddafi got.
If Iran and other nations of the Free World are responsible for the unrest i say: "GOOD!".
- Wolfgang9The entire world...02:12, 16/07/2012would be better off without those Sunni monarchies. People should just kick their asses out of their palaces!
- bielecBullcrap!02:25, 16/07/2012Sirko, my man. As always, you're right.
Quote: "Riyadh wants to remind the Russian commissioner that it still strives to respect the laws, sovereignty and independence of states and distance itself from interfering in internal affairs [of other states]" -
What a BS!
Saudi army is helping the dictators of Bahrain in surpressing peaceful protests. Saudis are actively participating in financing, arming, and training Syrian mercenaries, terrorists and criminal rebels. Saudi "royals" are up to their ears in serving Israeli zionists and American neocons. Saudis are meddling in Iran, ... and the list goes on.
Russian Commissioner has stated the truth. And Saudis know it. Just recently, European press published an article titled, "Saudi Arabia boosts security in Eastern region fearing riots." You can Google it and check it out.
It's time that the people of Saudi Arabia get rid of these fat scumbugs and establish a democratic system in their own country.
- bielecHahaha...03:06, 16/07/2012"It's time that the people of Saudi Arabia get rid of these fat scumbugs and establish a democratic system in their own country.' -
I am sure Hillary Clinton will support them. She always supports pro-democratic movements, doesn't she?
- SirkoThe Way of the Fascist...10:21, 16/07/2012You can see that as usual 'Arslupin' ignores the key point in my first post..."mass media" so he can create a conjecture and mislead the uninformed. That is fascist propaganda. No common Joe in the west especially the land of, "Jose can you see..." reads Reuters....I am pretty sure I have figured out who he is. His parents or grand parents where the ones the Red Army saved and he is paying back Russia by working as a mole for the CIA aka Mosad aka what is the difference??
- SirkoGdye 'Arslupin' Amerikanskaya Krisa?22:47, 16/07/2012Where are you Zionist, CIA Stooge? Why do you always tuck tail and run??? Let's continue the debate. Instead of just popping up like some rat out of its hole, post some propaganda and disappear till the next time. A Cossack against a Zionist CIA shmuck. History has proven over and and over again that there is no contest for our standard is the Archangel and yours is Filthy Lucre or is it Lucifer??? :-) :-) :-)
News that Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin would resign in order to run for the mayoral election in September came as quite a shock. Sobyanin’s political potential is fairly dubious, not to mention his approval ratings. He has not finished many of the projects he initiated and the electoral effect from these projects is expected to come a bit later than September 2013. Sobyanin’s opponents were not entirely unprepared for this blitzkrieg.