Saudi Arabia's Human Rights Abuse Argumentative Essay by johnnyoutsmart

Saudi Arabia's Human Rights Abuse
Position paper arguing that Saudi Arabia should be punished for its human rights abuses.
# 58082 | 3,081 words | 12 sources | APA | 2003 | GB

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This paper argues that Saudi Arabia should suffer economic and political sanctions due to its violation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The paper focuses on Saudi Arabia's treatment of women and cites examples of how the government of Saudi Arabia routinely abuses the rights of Saudi Arabian women. The paper also describes the abuse and mistreatment of foreign women and explains why Saudi Arabia has been allowed to continue in this manner and talks about the UN responsibility in addressing the problem and holding Saudi Arabia accountable. A complete outline of the paper is included.

From the Paper:

"Saudi Arabia holds an important position in the Arab, Muslim and international communities. Among the Arab countries, it holds an important position because of its economic strength, its position as the center of Islam and its role as the leader of the Arab Gulf countries. In the Muslim World, it is the most important nation because it is identified with Islam and is the home of the Islamic pilgrimage. Within the international community, Saudi Arabia's incredible oil wealth has made it an important country on whom many, including the United States, are dependant for their energy needs and requirements. This unique position of religious, regional and economic power has protected Saudi Arabia and Saudi Arabians from facing the consequences of human rights abuse. The United Nations, which David P. Forsythe defines in "The United Nations and Human Rights, 1845-1985," as the international protector of human rights in the world, has mainly ignored Saudi Arabia's violation of human rights laws because of its international and regional economic, political and religious influence and power. Consequently, Saudi Arabia, defined by Tom Lantos in "Discrimination Against Women and the Roots of Global Terrorism," as a "gender apartheid" state, has continued to abuse the rights of both Saudi Arabian and foreign female workers (7). Not only that, but Saudi Arabia can further be defined as a racist state which denies all minority groups, including Saudi and foreign ones, their basic human rights. The Shiite Saudi Arabians are not treated as equal to the Sunni majority and live on the borders of the country, fearing prosecution (Peretz). The foreign Christian community, as reported by the US State Department's Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2002, is not allowed to practice its faith and, if members of it do, the punishment is execution. As for Saudi females, they are denied identity as human beings, referred to even by members of the Saudi Royal Family UBOs, or "Unidentified Black Objects" (Peretz). Lastly, foreign female workers are raped, beaten, overworked, denied their wages and locked in houses as prisoners. Despite the fact that these issues of abuse have received great attention by human rights organizations and the media, the United Nations and the international community has not taken action against Saudi Arabia, forcing it to abide by Islamic human rights or international human rights. Saudi Arabia should suffer economic and political sanctions due to its violation of the Universal Declaration of human rights and the Islamic human rights, seen in its oppression and abuse of Saudi women and foreign minority groups, including their imprisonment in the home and illegal executions."

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