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May 01 2014

Saudi Arabia Clueless About Human Rights

This may go down in the all-time annals of chutzpah. The Saudi Arabian government is complaining that the government of Norway isn’t doing enough to protect the human rights of Muslims. You know, like the “human right” to never hear anyone criticize their religion.

Saudi Arabia has criticised Norway’s human rights record, accusing the country of failing to protect its Muslim citizens and not doing enough to counter criticism of the prophet Mohammed.

The gulf state called for all criticism of religion and of prophet Mohammed to be made illegal in Norway. It also expressed concern at “increasing cases of domestic violence, rape crimes and inequality in riches” and noted a continuation of hate crimes against Muslims in the country.

Russia meanwhile called for Norway to clamp down on expressions of religious intolerance and and criticised the country’s child welfare system. They also recommended that Norway improve its correctional facilities for those applying for asylum status.

Norwegian Foreign Minister Børge Brende was in Geneva to hear the concerns from 91 other countries. He told Norway’s NTB newswire prior to the hearing: “It is a paradox that countries which do not support fundamental human rights have influence on the council, but that is the United Nations,” reported The Local.

Seriously, Russia and Saudi Arabia think Norway is violating human rights? Irony is dead.

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  1. 1
    David C Brayton

    Saudi Arabia is complaining about inequality of riches? Now I’ve heard everything.

  2. 2
    a_ray_in_dilbert_space

    No. Irony is alive and well and has an abundant supply of raw material from those who are deaf to irony or think it is a synonym for “metallic”.

  3. 3
    Kevin Kehres

    They’re picking on Norway? Seriously, WTF?

  4. 4
    Pierce R. Butler

    Well, Norway didn’t give Anders Breivik his preferred model of game console…

  5. 5
    busterggi

    There is a difference betwixt clueless and don’t-give-a-shit.

  6. 6
    shouldbeworking

    The only way Saudi Arabia’s protest could be more stupid is if they complained about Norway’s constituitional monarchy having too much power.

  7. 7
    reasonbe

    The Sultan of Brunei isn’t doing any better today.

  8. 8
    d.c.wilson

    “The gulf state called for all criticism of religion and of prophet Mohammed to be made illegal in Norway. ”

    Because everyone knows you can never get away with criticizing any religion in Saudi Arabia.

  9. 9
    Christophe Thill

    Glad to learn that domestic violence is unkown in Saudi Arabia.

  10. 10
    eric

    …criticised the country’s child welfare system

    What’s that about? I’m seriously curious as to why the subject would even come up. Is there some Norwegian-Russian custody battle I missed? Are Russian families appyling for asylum in Norway in large numbers because their support system works, and Russia wants the emigration flow stopped?

  11. 11
    Modusoperandi

    Take that, Norway!

  12. 12
    John Pieret

    Russia meanwhile called for Norway to clamp down on expressions of religious intolerance …

    And anti-gay laws are what, exactly?

  13. 13
    left0ver1under

    Russia and Saudi Arabia, iron(y) fists in velvet (oil) gloves.

  14. 14
    corporal klinger

    Well, maybe it’s about Norway giving a “bad” example for those beacons of civilization, S.Arabia and Russia.

  15. 15
    scienceavenger

    “…increasing cases of domestic violence, rape crimes…

    Otherwise known as a Saudi’s love for the women in his family…

  16. 16
    lordshipmayhem

    Pot calling the igloo “black”.

  17. 17
    sabrekgb

    Wow…

    I think the Norwegian Foreign Minister was waaaaay to diplomatic in his reply. “Fucking barbaric hypocrites” would have been a nice phrase to throw in there somewhere. Damn Scandinavian niceness! Odd to think these are the descendants of Vikings. How’d they get to be so frackin’ cordial and humane?

  18. 18
    D. C. Sessions

    Odd to think these are the descendants of Vikings. How’d they get to be so frackin’ cordial and humane?

    Darwin.

  19. 19
    dreikin

    Well, they’re not always so polite..
    —————-
    Context: a lot of bands in these genres (folk metal and viking metal) get accused of being Nazis, due to using symbols/symbology co-opted by the Nazis. Understandably, they are not fond of that..

  20. 20
    wordsgood

    Are you kidding me? This is the same country that doesn’t allow it’s own citizens to demonstrate!

    From Ophelia Benson’s April 30th blog about Saudi writer and activist, Raif Badawi, jailed lasted year and sentenced to 7 years in prison, plus SIX HUNDRED LASHES! Followed by them then arresting his lawyer!

    Ophelia Benson’s article:

    http://freethoughtblogs.com/butterfliesandwheels/2014/04/raif-badawi/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=facebook

    The original article she quoted:

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/saudi-arabia-criticises-norway-over-human-rights-record-9301796.html

    The list about Saudia Arabia and other Islamic theocracies and their human rights abuses is endless. And to have Putin, of all world leaders, back him up, is beyond laughable.

    Religion must die if there is ever to be a chance for global peace. It really has to. I see no hope for humanity’s future while religion plays such a powerful role in the lives of billions.

    p.s. Hi everyone. I’m sort of a newbie around here. I registered a while back but lost my login info for a while. Feel free to check out my bio and my blog, if you are so inclined. :)

  21. 21
    dingojack

    According to this guy :’
    “The GINI index is a measure of income inequality. A higher GINI index implies more income inequality. The USA has a GINI index of 0.38 and the UK 0.34. Saudi has a GINI index of 0.32, Qatar 0.39 and the UAE 0.31.”
    But I can’t find what his sources for this information is.

    The OECD seems to think:
    “Denmark, for example, has an equivalised household disposable income Gini coefficient of 0.25 (OECD 2012a). ”

    Dingo

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