Heads of state from all over the world travelled to Saudi Arabia to attend the King’s funeral service on January 24.
“In this country where Sharia law applies, 87 people were executed last year alone, and ten people have already been decapitated this year…. Those who defend King Abdullah as a reformer point to the fact that for the first time he allowed women 30 places on the Shura Council [the king’s Consultative Council]. But these women didn’t even have the right to attend the meetings of the council alone because in Saudi Arabia women can only go out when accompanied by a man….
“Now the allies are vying with each other to become the partner of this country, which with its oil has the power to control global politics…. When it comes to financial and political profits, neither human rights abuses nor violations of freedom of expression count.”
Source: Hürriyet, Turkey, January 26