Russia Today reports:
On Tuesday, a Saudi Arabian court dismissed an appeal from Ahmad Al Shamri, who had spent three years in prison over charges of “atheism and blasphemy,” the Exmuslim website reports.
Al Shamri was in his early 20s and lived the city of Hafr Al-Batin in the country’s Eastern Province, according to the website. He had reportedly renounced Islam and posted various videos reflecting his views on social media. The man was arrested in 2014, faced trial and was sentenced to death in February 2015.
After the appeal was rejected, social media users were split over the court decision, posting their comments under a trending hashtag, which can be translated from Arabic as “apostate from Hafar Al-Batin.”
Many social media users condemned Saudi Arabia, pointing out that the country is a member of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC).
#مرتد_حفرالباطن They criticize what happend in iraq and iran but they didnt see what they are doing!!
— ♊️ (@guisv__) April 25, 2017
#مرتد_حفرالباطن when a whole community turns into murderers thirsty for blood., it is time for the world to know
— MOHD DAUSSARI (@SAUDIREBEL) April 26, 2017
NO KIDDING! Saudi Arabia elected to UN women’s rights commission
from THE HILL:
Saudi Arabia was elected to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.
The addition of the Gulf nation was first flagged by UN Watch, a nongovernmental body that monitors the United Nations. The Commission on the Status of Women’s main mission is to assess the challenges to reaching gender inequality, according to the U.N. website.
Saudi Arabia is the 12th Worse country for Women yet receives a spot on the UN women’s rights commission