Human Rights and Democracy 2014-15

Saudi Arabia

This is one of 27 human rights priority countries included in the latest annual FCO Human Rights Report. Updates are published on the GOV.UK website every six months to highlight key human rights events in these countries, and to report on actions that the UK has taken.

Comments on the main report or updates can be made below. They will be monitored and moderated by staff at the Human Rights and Democracy Department at the FCO who will also try and answer as many questions as possible.

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2 comments on “Saudi Arabia

  1. Mary Holmes says:

    There seemed to be an enormous effort to underplay the Saudi government’s appalling human rights record.
    For example under the heading relating to torture there is no mention even, of the widely acknowledged fact that torture is almost routine in Saudi prisons.
    All you have to say is that ‘corporal punishment continues’. To a person in the UK that usually refers to the kind of beating children used to get in school. Not flogging someone to death.
    Migrants: what happened to those 370,000 people who were deported? Where were they taken?
    The Saudis may be relatively happy with what has been written I suppose but I think the Foreign Office should be prepared to give a more realistic description of the problems there.

    1. FCO Human Rights says:

      Thank you for your comment. The British Embassy in Riyadh and Foreign and Commonwealth Office ministers regularly discuss human rights with the Saudi Arabian authorities at a senior level. The British Government condemns the use of torture, or cruel, inhuman or degrading punishment – including flogging – and the use of the death penalty in all circumstances.

      As you mention in your comment, the Saudi Arabian Ministry of the Interior reported in May last year that it had removed 370,000 illegal migrants from the Kingdom to their countries of origin. This is standard procedure in many parts of the world. The UK does not monitor migrants removed from third countries.