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‘Sharia über alles’ says Saudi Human rights commissioner

‘Sharia über alles’ says Saudi Human rights commissioner

Bandar Bin Mohammed Al-Aiban, above, chairman of the Saudi Human Rights Commission, has told a UN watchdog that Islamic law trump all other laws and treaties.

According to this report, Al-Aiban was responding to a call by the Committee on the Rights of the Child for Saudi Arabia to end “severe” discrimination against girls and to repeal laws that allow the stoning, amputation, flogging and execution of children.

The committee also condemned the Saudi-led coalition’s air strikes in Yemen, which it said had killed and maimed hundreds of children, and its “use of starvation” as a tactic in that war against Iran-backed Houthis.

The committee’s 18 independent experts examined the kingdom’s record of compliance with a UN treaty protecting the rights of people under the age of 18.

Al-Aiban, who led a Saudi delegation to the committee’s review, told the body that sharia, Islamic law, was above all laws and treaties, including the Convention on the Rights of the Child. But the kingdom had the political will to protect children’s rights, he said.

However, the UN experts voiced deep concern that Riyadh:

Still does not recognise girls as full subjects of rights and continues to severely discriminate [against] them in law and practice and to impose on them a system of male guardianship.

Traditional, religious or cultural attitudes should not be used to justify violations of their right to equality, they said.

Children of Shi’ite Muslim families and other religious minorities are persistently discriminated against in their access to schools and justice in the Sunni-ruled kingdom, they said.

Children over 15 years are tried as adults and can be executed. A mass execution of 47 people took place on January 2 this year in which at least four of the victims were under 18 when they were sentenced.

The UN experts urged Saudi authorities to:

Repeal all provisions contained in legislation which authorise the stoning, amputation and flogging of children.

Saudi Arabia should also:

Unambiguously prohibit the use of solitary confinement, life sentences on children and child attendance of public execution.

All forms of sexual abuse against children should be a crime and perpetrators prosecuted, the experts said.

They cited the case of Muslim preacher and TV presenter Fayhan al-Ghamdi, saying his charges were reduced and he was released from jail after he had raped and tortured his five-year-old daughter, Lama, in 2012 because he doubted her virginity. Lama died having spent ten months in hospital after doctors were unable to treat her injuries. After a public outcry al-Ghamdi was later jailed for eight years and sentenced to 600 lashes.

Hat tip: BarrieJohn

10 responses to “‘Sharia über alles’ says Saudi Human rights commissioner”

  1. AgentCormac says:

    The Saudi Human Rights Commission. Now there’s an oxymoron for you!

  2. L.Long says:

    But they do have human rights…as a human girl you have the right to be mutilated, the right to be sold to a ‘husband’ the right to have acid thrown in your face, the right to be shoot in the head for going to school!! See lots of rights!
    isLame the system that makes Xtians look good, and that is a VERY low bar!!!

  3. Newspaniard says:

    @AgentCormac. 100% correct. No islamic country has any perception of what human rights are. The UN has become a toothless, corrupt, organization of appeasement and needs a total clear out so the honest can speak without fear of retribution. Remember muslim countries outnumber the rest so the islamofascists will always have the casting vote. Woe unto the infidels.

  4. Trevor Blake says:

    A momentary clear statement that the problem is Islam, not a distortion of Islam. I hope Islam withers in isolation and is forgotten soon, as all religions are eventually.

  5. Tom Petty says:

    When the oil runs out … can’t wait.

  6. Tom Petty says:

    Islam is pure hate crime.

  7. RussellW says:

    Well, we could never accuse Al-Aiban of hypocrisy, unlike Islam’s professional apologists in the West.

    “Up yours, Kuffars!.Did you really believe that crap about ‘moderate’ Islam?”

  8. John the Drunkard says:

    I eagerly await the needed ‘splaining from Reza Aslan, Joyce Carol Oates, Salon.com etc. etc.

    chirp chirp chirp….

  9. Andy the pandy says:

    Use the original source instead of Christian Today.. http://reut.rs/2dJyoOH

  10. barriejohn says:

    Andy: The Christian Today report quite clearly credits Reuters!