Human rights organisation urges May to end support for Saudi abuses

By agency reporter
November 29, 2017

Theresa May has arrived in Saudi Arabia today (29 November 2017) for an official visit focused on improving trade relations after Brexit. 

This comes at a time when the Kingdom is executing young men for protest-related offences (http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/node/24350) and involved in a damaging conflict in Yemen.

Maya Foa, Director of the human rights organisation Reprieve, said: “Theresa May is arriving is Saudi Arabia just after they have executed their 125th person this year. Many more face imminent execution for attending protests calling for greater democratic rights, some when they were only children. They were sentenced to death in courts that relied on confessions gained through torture. 
 
“At the same time the UK is supporting the Saudi and US-led coalition in Yemen through military training and intelligence sharing. Innocent men women and children have been killed in a conflict which has made the humanitarian crisis worse. Now the very people that could rebuild the country have lost faith in the ability of the coalition to help them. (http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/node/22968)
 
“Mrs May must end UK support for Saudi abuses and when she meets the Crown Prince, these issues must be at the top of her agenda. The Prime Minister might be desperate for a trade deal but it should not come at the cost of compromising core British values and human rights.”

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