Our Saudi Pals, Getting Medieval Again

What is the connection between this:

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and this?

This!

A leading human rights group appealed to Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah on Thursday to stop the execution of a woman accused of witchcraft and performing supernatural acts.

The New York-based Human Rights Watch said in a statement that the kingdom’s religious police who arrested and interrogated Fawza Falih, and the judges who tried her in the northern town of Quraiyat never gave her the opportunity to prove her innocence in the face of “absurd charges that have no basis in law.”

Falih’s case underscores shortcomings in Saudi Arabia’s Islamic legal system in which rules of evidence are shaky, lawyers are not always present and sentences often depend on the whim of judges…

In Falih’s case, the judges relied on a coerced confession and on the statements of witnesses who said she had “bewitched” them to convict her in April 2006, according to the group.

Falih later retracted her confession in court, claiming it was extracted under duress, and said that as an illiterate woman, she did not understand the document she was forced to fingerprint…

An appeals court ruled in September 2006 that Falih could not be sentenced to death for witchcraft because she had retracted her confession. But a lower court subsequently reissued the death sentence for the benefit of “public interest” and to “protect the creed, souls and property of this country,” the group’s statement said.

D’ya like the part about the lower court overruling the appeals court? Justice stood on its head, I’d say. Like the world. See picture at the top.

The guy holding hands on the left — here’s what he said to the United Nations General Assembly on September 12, 2002:

We must choose between a world of fear and a world of progress. We cannot stand by and do nothing while dangers gather. We must stand up for our security, and for the permanent rights and the hopes of mankind. By heritage and by choice, the United States of America will make that stand. And, delegates to the United Nations, you have the power to make that stand, as well.

When he said “mankind,” I guess he meant “men.”

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