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The Family, Honor and Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia and Twelve Other Countries - Religion and Blasphemy

According to the International Humanist and Ethical Union, there are thirteen countries, all of a Muslim majority, in which apostasy and blasphemy are punishable by death. Rejecting Allah and changing ones religion or verbally attacking the Profit Mohammad will result in harsh punishment. In over 20 other Muslim countries, these crimes are punishable but with a 20 to 30 year prison sentence. Still, the law of the land and the family honor are different, so the family can and will enact a sentence and punishment on a son or daughter if a crime is committed. This is to protect the family name, and of course goes back hundreds of years.

Afghanistan, Iran, Maldives, Mauritania, Nigeria, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, United Arab Emiraes and Yemen are the countries in which the state carries out sentences with capital punishment the main default.

Jordan, a moderate country that is more compassionate than most, puts women behind bars for dishonoring the family as the state protects her if her family tries to carry out the death sentence – protecting her by imprisoning her. Her family cannot get to her in prison but she gets meals and lives a decent life. Again, honoring religion and the family are important.

Now there is the case of 18 year old Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun who fled her native Saudi Arabia while visiting Kuwait and flew to Bangkok – she locked herself in a room in a hotel, went to twitter and asked to see members of the UN. Apparently she made the mistake of telling her family that she questioned her religious beliefs. For a Muslim to question her religion can result in death.  So her female family members hurried her out of Saudi Arabia to freedom, as her brothers and her father were planning to do harm.

She is now flying to Toronto via Seoul, South Korea according to Thai immigration Police Chief Surachate Hakpurn. Canadian Prime Minister said that Canada will grant her asylum. Of course, Canada received diplomatic and public support for the exchange so this young lady will be moving to Canada very soon. Her second choice was Australia.

Of course, sending this young woman back to Saudi Arabia is not an option as some have been sent back, with no news on their current situation.

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