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Al Haramain Watch Sends a Letter to the Human Rights Council in Geneva Ahead of the Council meeting

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Al Haramain Watch Sends a Letter to the Human Rights Council in Geneva Ahead of the Council meeting
4 June 2018

The International Commission to Watch Saudi Administration of Muslim places “Al Haramain Watch” sent a letter to the Human Rights Council in Geneva ahead of the council’s session to urge the council to discuss the violations committed by the Riyadh administration in the holy places in Saudi Arabia, which blatantly violate freedom of religion and belief and to open an international investigation.

In its letter, the Commission expressed its deep concern at the increasing frequency of religious violations committed by Saudi Arabia to practice worship without restrictions. The Riyadh administration arrests, prevents, deports and humiliates Muslim pilgrims who have come to Saudi Arabia officially after completing all entry procedures for performing Umrah or denying Muslims registration for Hajj because of their political views contrary to the policies of the Saudi authorities. Saudi Arabia also prevents citizens of entire countries of Hajj and Umrah because of political differences with their governments. It is noted that Saudi Arabia misuse file of religious worship, such as Hajj and Umrah to achieve political negotiation and Muslim countries on their shares of the Hajj and Umrah in exchange for supporting the regime in Saudi Arabia positions, as well as the arrest and torture of people opposed to the policies of Saudi Arabia.

In its letter to the Council, the Commission also highlighted the violations it has observed that affect the freedom to practice acts of worship in Saudi Arabia and which contravene all human rights laws, in particular article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and article 18 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
Al Haramain Watch aims to ensure that Saudi Arabia manages the two holy mosques and Islamic sites in a proper manner that preserves the past and the present image of Islam. The commission will apply this aim by advising Riyadh through an Islamic advisory board, engaging Muslim countries in managing the holy rituals, and stopping the obliteration of Islamic identity in Mecca and Medina, which is carried out by Saudi Arabia through the unlimited urban expansion that destroyed many of these sites and eliminated the Islamic presence in them. The commission will also prevent the Saudi Arabia singling out the decision over the holy rituals, which may affect the safety of pilgrims and Umrah. It also aims to prevent the unconvincing closure of rituals such as visiting dignitaries or celebrities or guests of Saudi Arabia. In addition, it will monitor any violation of Saudi Arabia to any pilgrim during his visit to the holy sites. Finally, it will ensure a fair distribution of Hajj and Umrah quotas on Muslim countries without any favouritism or mediation.
The International Commission to Watch Saudi Administration of Muslim places “Al Haramain Watch” is a global organization that monitors the ways and means of Saudi Arabia’s administration of the holy sites in Mecca and Medina, especially the Haramain, including the Islamic historical sites in the Kingdom. The Commission’s work is based on an Islamic reference, and is keen on the interests of Muslims from the ocean to the Gulf and all areas of Islamic presence.

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