BY QANTA AHMED
Special To The Washington PostSeptember 10, 2014
I was first invited to a beheading in Saudi Arabia while working as a physician in Riyadh. It was 1999, and I was an attending intensive care specialist in an advanced medical system that valued my U.S. training. As we finished resuscitating a patient, a colleague casually said: “We’re going to Chop-Chop Square tomorrow. Do you want to see a beheading?”
I have been watching closely the developments of events in Iraq and SYRIA and am just horrified by the blatant extremism and growing violence by a group of militants whose aim is to establish an Islamic caliphate in these areas and would go to any levels to FULFILL their aims.
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“Despite reluctance of many people to document the torture, and cruel and degrading treatments that they have suffered from, fearing detention and pursuit, the Liberties and Human Rights Department (LHRD) in Al Wefaq was able to observe 144 caseof torture outside prisons in 2013, this included 28 children”, this is taken from the 2013 human rights report released by Al Wefaq National Islamic Society in May 2014.