Saudi Arabia excels at a few things, two of which are having shitloads of oil and sucking massively at human rights. This is a place where the worship of other gods is punishable with physical violence and death, a place where women are not allowed to walk around without a man with them (or drive), a place where women are not allowed to work, and on and on and on. Saudi Arabia ranting about another country’s supposed failures with regards to human rights is like me saying that fucking writers and singers need to get real jobs.
The country also apparently excels at not catching irony, because their leaders are getting after peaceful, educated, happy Norway for its human rights record.
Saudi Arabia has criticised Norway’s human rights record, accusing the country of failing to protect its Muslim citizens and not doing enough to counter criticism of the prophet Mohammed.
The gulf state called for all criticism of religion and of prophet Mohammed to be made illegal in Norway. It also expressed concern at “increasing cases of domestic violence, rape crimes and inequality in riches” and noted a continuation of hate crimes against Muslims in the country.
That’s it? That’s the “human rights abuse” you’re frosty about? You live in a country where people can be executed for saying “Y’know, I’m not convinced by Islam” and you’re worried that Norway isn’t making it illegal to say your religion is false? I’d like to introduce you to my friend, priorities.
Criticizing your religion is not a crime.
Norwegian Foreign Minister Børge Brende had a lovely response:
“It is a paradox that countries which do not support fundamental human rights have influence on the council, but that is the United Nations,” reported The Local.
Human Rights Watch last report noted that in 2012 Saudi Arabia“stepped up arrests and trials of peaceful dissidents, and responded with force to demonstrations by citizens.”
It continued “Authorities continue to suppress or fail to protect the rights of 9 million Saudi women and girls and 9 million foreign workers. As in past years, thousands of people have received unfair trials or been subject to arbitrary detention. The year has seen trials against half-a-dozen human rights defenders and several others for their peaceful expression or assembly demanding political and human rights reforms.”
The irony is too much. I think I have a few beers in the fridge…