The execution of prominent Shia cleric of Saudi Arabia, Sheikh Baqir al Nimr, has split the opinion of the world about the scope of ‘Interior Matters’ of a country. One opinion of this contradiction is that execution of Shia cleric is an internal matter of Saudi Arabia, while on the other hand, opposite opinions needs some questions to be answered.
Despite this fact the Arab Spring has far reaching consequences in the Arab world particularly, but as well as the whole world generally, ‘Interior Affairs’ of Syria are being interrupted by providing full fledged support to anti-Assad forces. No doubt, ISIS is declared a terrorist outfit by Saudi Arabia recently but the fact remains same that this notorious outfit has been practically operating in Syria and Iraq since the last four years.
Human rights are violated at peak in war torn Syria despite Syrians having appointed Assad as their political leader. This depicts that intervention in the Syrian political internal arena is considered a legitimate right by Saudi Arab, the UAE, Turkey and their allies.
Ironically, those countries who are practically involved in curtailing the presence of ISIS and have given thousands of sacrifices i.e; Iran, Iraq and Syria which have not been included in the 34 Nation Islamic Military Alliance to combat the most notorious terror groups. However, this is another side of the picture that Pakistan herself surprised by its inclusion in this military alliance without its consent; again an attempt to intervene in ‘Interior Affairs’ of Pakistan.
Saudi Arabia is also responsible for pushing Yemen into civil war. Human right violations in this improvised country just to have political gains in Yemen can’t be justified at any cost. In a recent visit to London, Saudi foreign minister Adel al Jubeir noted that Saudi Arabia with their allies (including US and UK) are well aware about the “target list” in Yemen. Tens of concerns can be raised on this so called “target list.”
According to a recent United Nations report, 8100 civilian casualties, in which women and children are included, are observed in Yemen. Even a centre for the blind has been targeted in day to day intensified Saudi coalition air strikes. Meanwhile, the Red Cross warned about a bungled situation of Yemeni patients as well by saying “drugs, medication and medical supplies have been prevented from crossing front line into hospitals which desperately need these supplies.” On the other hand, Amnesty International, UN human rights office and local sources confirm that internationally banned US manufactured cluster munitions has been used in these air strikes against Yemenis which has multiplied killings of civilians including women and children. Meanwhile, UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon has expressed serious concerns over these human rights violation in Yemen.
The Saudi embassy in Abuja (Nigeria) has also alleged responsible for Zaria massacre which claimed hundreds of civilians lives including women and children, is another story of intervention in “Interior Matters” of Nigeria. The newly formed Nigerian government is reported to have receive millions of Riyals from Saudi dictators in last six to seven months. Eye witnesses of the Zaria massacre says, “we also saw that the commandos driving on any army vehicle who attacked the Hussainiya were not Nigerians and were white people who were spraying bullets directly on the people.”
Bottom line is, Saudi officials should either admit that execution of prominent Shia cleric Sheikh Baqir Al Nimr was not internal matter of Saudi government and human rights organizations must pressurise Saudi Royals to stop interfering in “Interior Matters” of all other countries such as Libya, Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Nigeria, Pakistan and CARs (Central Asian Republics). Meanwhile, the UN and other human rights organizations must consider the Saudi government as the leading human rights violator in order to rein this uncontrolled intrusionist dictatorship.
The views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Al-Masdar News.
Zahra Meer has a Master degree in Economics from the University of Peshawar
She is a Lecturer in Economics.