Princess raps S Arabia on rights abuses
SAUDI ARABIA: A Saudi princess has criticized the Riyadh regime for
corruption, poverty and serious violations of human rights in the
oil-rich Persian Gulf Kingdom.
Princess Basma Bint Saud Bin Abdul Aziz, who is a niece of King
Abdullah and a social activist, told British media she would not remain
silent about what is happening in her native country. The princess,
currently living in London, slammed what she called the lack of fairness
in the distribution of wealth and power between the loyal family and
“You have 2,000 [royals] who are multi-millionaires, who have all the
power, all the wealth and no-one can even utter a word against it
because they are afraid to lose what they have,” Princess Basma said.
“If you are poor man and you steal, your hand is cut off after three
offences. But if you are a rich man, nobody will say anything to you,”
She also accused Saudi officials of ineptitude, adding they are not
held accountable for what they do.
“We have ministers who are incapable of doing what has been ordered
from above because there is no follow-up, because there are no
consequences,” the 47-year-old princess said.
Several right groups and international bodies including the Human
Rights Watch and Amnesty International have frequently condemned the
Saudi regime for their widespread violation of human rights.
Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world that bans women from
driving. The ban is not enforced by law but is a religious fatwa imposed
by the country’s Wahhabi clerics.
In addition to driving prohibition, women in Saudi Arabia must have
written approval from a male guardian, which could be a father, husband,
brother or son, to leave the country, work or even undergo certain
medical operations. Press TV