Saudi Arabia! Stop persecuting queers!
Gay men sentenced to 7,000 lashes Protest against potential death sentences
Friday 19 October, 1:30pm - 2.30pm Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia 30 Charles Street, London W1J 5DZ Map: www.mofa.gov.sa/Detail.asp?InSectionID=1722&InNewsItemID=24829
On the 2 October 2007 two young men in the Saudi Arabian city of Al-Bahah were reportedly convicted of 'sodomy' and sentenced to 7,000lashes. In Saudi Arabia same-sex relations are illegal and the maximum penalty is death. 7,000 lashes is a form of torture, calculated to cause maximum,prolonged suffering. So many lashes can be fatal, depending on howmany are delivered at any one time. To protest against the persecution of queers in Saudi Arabia , the National Union of Students LGBT campaign is organising a protestoutside the Saudi Embassy in London this Friday. The protest issupported by LGBT human rights group OutRage! Peter Tatchell is a guest speaker. The protest comes ahead of the State Visit to the UK of the bloodthirsty Saudi tyrant, King Abdullah bin Abdul Azaz al Saud, on 30 October 2007 Mr Tatchell said: "The British and US governments support the despotic, corrupt Saudi regime. As well as flogging and executing gay people, the Saudi leaders are guilty of detention without trial,torture and the public beheading women who have sex outside of marriage. Migrant workers are de facto slaves. The media is heavily censored. Trade unions, political parties and non-Muslim religionsare banned. The country is a theocratic police state," he said. "We call on individuals and groups, LGBT or otherwise, to protest against the continued criminalisation, imprisonment, torture andmurder of LGBT people in Saudi Arabia," said Scott Cuthbertson, NUS LGBT Officer. "We will be handing a letter of protest to the Saudi Ambassador, HRH Prince Mohammed bin Nawaf, calling on his Government to respect thehuman rights of its own LGBT citizens. Please join us in the struggle for Love without Borders - LGBT rights around the world - and makeyour views known to the Saudi Ambassador on Friday." "This year NUS LGBT Campaign is campaigning for 'Love withoutBorders'", added Claire Anderson, another NUS LGBT Officer. "Around the world, LGBT people are persecuted, imprisoned and even murdered in state-sponsored homophobia. We live in a global community and no longer can we stand by while LGBT people are persecuted. Now isthe time to use our freedom to fight for the rights of others acrossthe globe. When abuses of human rights take place we must not besilent."
Contact phone number: Claire Anderson NUS 07845 605152 Peter Tatchell OutRage! 020 7403 1790 ENDS -- Peter Tatchell is the Green Party parliamentary candidate for Oxford East http://www.greenoxford.com/peter and http://www.petertatchell.net
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