,,Corporal punishment is unacceptable and contrary to human dignity,” said the statement of the EEAS as Saudi Arabia’s Supreme Court has upheld the sentence of 1,000 lashes and 10 years of imprisonment on blogger Raif Badawi. How do you see this situation, please, would you say that the international community has some leverage (and what kind of, if any) on Riyadh to prevent the punishment? Read few comments.
The Arab League has some plans for unified military force. It is not a new idea, but in the light of the military operation in Yemen what’s your view on this, would you say this could lead to something concrete, could it have some impact on the regional dynamics? Read few comments.
Shirin Ebadi said that the European countries should send woman ambassadors to countries like Saudi Arabia or Iran. What do you think about this idea? Would this be worth to try? Would it be helpful for women’s rights in these countries or perhaps the impact will be very limited, and why? Read few comments.
Hopefully this is the beginning of a new era, said Wojdan Shahrkhani. She became the first Saudi Arabian woman to compete at the Olympic Games. This is probably not the new era, but it is significant. The short interview on Saudi women participation at the London Olympics with Raghida Dergham follows. She is Columnist and Senior Diplomatic Correspondent for the London-based Al Hayat. Arabian Business ranked her as number 42 on the list of 100 Most Powerful Arab Women in 2011.