Saudi Arabia is one of the most significant countries in the Middle East, and a long-standing US Ally in the region. The US has sold $110 Billion in arms to Saudi Arabia, and Saudi Arabia ranks 3rd highest in defense spending, higher than even Russia, and their defense spending is an astonishing 13.7% of their GDP. They are a relatively wealthy nation, with massive oil reserves, and a hereditary monarchy. However, they are one of the worst human rights abusers in our modern world.
In Saudi Arabia, there are no trials by jury, a right guaranteed in the US Constitution in the 6th Amendment. Those prosecuted are often routinely tortured, denied representation, and the trials are held in secret with little formality or oversight.
Being a homosexual is punishable by execution, and Saudi Arabia executes those "convicted" of crimes by stoning or public beheading. Saudi Arabia continues to convict political dissidents and religious minorities because of their peaceful activities. Recent "anti-terrorism" regulations are routinely used to imprison dissidents, and protestors are often sentenced to death, or given lengthy prison sentences.
In addition, religious minorities are often discriminated upon or physically harmed. A 28-year old Atheist was given 10 years in prison, ordered to pay around 5000 dollars, and receive 2,000 lashes for denying the existence of a God and expressing himself. This is barbaric, and wrong. Saudi Arabia adheres to an ultraconservative form of Islam, Wahhabism, and even has their own religious force called the Police of Vice and Virtue, whose job is to enforce Sharia law, and the tenets of Wahhabism.
A 17-year old Saudi teenager named Ali Mohhamed Baqir al-Nimhr participated in the Arab Spring Protests in Saudi Arabia was sentenced to be publicly beheaded and crucified, just for protesting against the morally abhorrent policies of the Saudi Government.
The World Economic Forum ranked Saudi Arabia 134th out of 145th for Gender Equality. Women are forbidden to drive, and required to have a male guardian. Women constitute 13% of the Saudi Workforce, and are required to exclusively work in areas where they do not have contact with the opposite gender. Public Education in Saudi Arabia is gender-segregated, and no teacher is allowed to teach the opposite sex. In addition, in order to even leave the house, women have to have a signed card from a male relative.
In conclusion, this form of discrimination is disgusting and wrong. Wahhabism and its concepts are oppressive, and clearly violate the inalienable rights of the people of Saudi Arabia. It is morally repugnant that the United States even considers supporting the authoritarian Saudi Monarchy, and the only reason that we have relations with them is because of their military and their oil. But that is not a legitimate excuse to support their regime. Leftish firmly condemns any intentional financial or economic support to Saudi Arabia, due to their abhorrent human right's record, and their violation of the liberties of every Saudi citizen. What the Saudis are doing is wrong, and it must be discouraged and stopped. We must not isolate Saudi Arabia, we mustn't cut them off from the rest of the world. But we must make them understand along with the rest of our Western allies that their behavior is not acceptable, and is repugnant to the values of our free nation.