Bin Salman Vision 2030
An observer of the human rights situation in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia can simply see the wide gap between the government’s attempt to paint a bright picture of it as the state of law and freedoms, development and openness, and the reality which is filled with shocking violations that still shake the world from time to time.
Since the establishment of the Saudi system, the regime claimed the adoption of the interpretations of the ‘Hanbali’ school of thought with regard to the human rights situation. It claimed that the Saudi law is based on the principles of justice and equality for all; adding that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia always reviews, improves and eliminate the old practices which may not be suitable for the current period.
Saudi jurists affiliated with the regime stressed that the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman 2030 vision for human rights is based on the implementation of a plan stemmed from 100 human rights initiatives for all sectors of Saudi society, and guarantees the equal rights of everyone.
According to them, this plan included all rights including the right to life, the right to security, the right to health, the right to education, the right to freedom of opinion and expression, the right to work, the right to form and protect a family, and the right to education in accordance with the values of society, as well as the empowerment of women, opening the political participation, and enhancing participation in the formation of the political and public life of the country.
They also announced that the new human rights initiatives guarantee freedom of opinion and expression, and association, including the press and publishing system, the associations and civil institutions system, where individuals or associations won’t be prevented from practicing legitimate and peaceful actions that aim to reform the country.
Two years ago, in December 2018, the Acting United Nations Deputy Resident Representative, Firas Gharaibeh, praised the Kingdom’s efforts in protecting human rights and organizing the celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. He considered this initiative to be an act of willingness by the Saudi Kingdom’s to support and promote universal human rights values; however, the proved the false hope the government promoted as it launched arrest campaigns and arrests for people of all ages and sectors within Saudi society. Freedoms were crushed, rights were denied, opponents were killed, and preventing their supporters from traveling for fear that they would become from the opposition abroad, therefore the authorities confiscated their travel documents and IDs.
Since Prince bin Salman came to power as the de facto ruler of the country -since his father was being made significantly unaware of the kingdom’s affairs-, the Saudi regime attempted to spread a false image about promoting rights and protecting freedoms, however; heinous crimes and human rights violations continue to be committed, washing away its false image and tarnishing its image for years.
As soon as Bin Salman announced his vision for a free and developed media, the cyber security apparatus, headed by Al-Qahtani, started monitoring all social media platforms and news websites.
A Few days later, the whole world witnessed the tragedy of kidnapping, killing and dismembering Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, despite the fact that he was not the strong opponent of the regime and he praised some of the crown prince’s reforms, yet once he shared his vision on the freedom of religion, the most senior scholars and preachers who are affiliated to the Sahwa movement got arrested in Saudi Arabia.
Today these preachers are dying behind bars on charges of supporting militancy and terrorism, and the truth is that terrorism and militancy are the industry of the intellectual and political factories of the Saudi regime, as bin Salman stated that fighters in Afghanistan and elsewhere, as well as Islamic movements at some point were supported by Western governments which protect the throne of Al Saud.
“Together for Justice” organisation calls on human rights activists, institutions, individuals and governments who support the right to freedom of opinion and expression, to denounce and stand against the crimes of the Saudi regime including threats and intimidation by torturing some to subjugate everyone.
It calls them to condemn the violations of the basic human roghts principles and values agreed by all religious, cultures and human rights agreements, and to pressure the Saudi regime to adhere to international human rights declarations and end its war against the Yemeni people.