Saudi Arabia criticises Norway over human rights record

The Independent reports that Saudi Arabia criticises Norway over human rights record and calls for all criticism of religion to be criminalised in Norway. The Saudi’s obviously don’t understand the term ‘freedom of opinion and expression’

Article 19.
Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.

Russia, another country not exactly known for good human rights, 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.

Human Rights Watch last report noted that in 2012 Saudi Arabia

“stepped up arrests and trials of peaceful dissidents, and responded with force to demonstrations by citizens.”

It continued “Authorities continue to suppress or fail to protect the rights of 9 million Saudi women and girls and 9 million foreign workers. As in past years, thousands of people have received unfair trials or been subject to arbitrary detention. The year has seen trials against half-a-dozen human rights defenders and several others for their peaceful expression or assembly demanding political and human rights reforms.”

Saudi Arabia criticising Norway’s human rights is like UKIP criticising Tory MEP’s attendance records.

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