Social Divisions Hinder Saudi Rights Movement explains insider

May 28, 2013

In an interesting blog post for Al-Monitor Bayan Perazzo (a professor in Saudi Arabia) writes on May 27 about the background to the human rights movement in Saudi Arabia. His detailed analysis seems very sound and can explain much in understanding why developments in this country seem so slow and uneven:

The piece is interesting in full: but his main conclusion is that: “..Though many Saudis ardently supported ACPRA [the main human rights NGO], many others believe the group had a hidden agenda or refused to support them based on ideological differences people believed that they had with one or more of the group’s members. One ACPRA group member who is currently in prison, Mohammed al-Bijadi, was arrested for protesting alongside family members of detainees in front of the Ministry of Interior. Once he was in prison alongside the people he had protested for, one released detainee tweeted that the detainees in prison didn’t like Bijadi due to ideological differences.

Saudi Arabia doesn’t lack courageous individuals who are willing to take on oppressive government policies. In fact, the number of people who are doing so has been growing significantly. However, what the country does lack are individuals who are willing to push for a society that respects the rights of every citizen beyond any ethnic, sectarian or ideological differences. Unless the population can unite and learn to see beyond these differences, the Saudi government will continue to violate human rights.”

via Social Divisions Hinder Saudi Rights Movement – Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East.

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