Yet Saudi Arabia remains one of Britain’s closest allies, not just in the Middle East but worldwide, as it has for nearly a century. Beheadings, the film makes clear, are commonplace — so far this year, the country has been executing its people at the rate of almost one a day.Ferocious moral codes are enforced by the religious police as they patrol the streets and shopping malls.Blasphemy is punishable by stoning or execution, theft by amputation.Anyone found guilty of insulting Islam faces ten years in prison or perhaps 1,000 lashes.Through our extensive profiles, members can learn about each other before meeting in person. Through our extensive profiles, members can learn about each other before meeting in person.Our great quality assurance and customer service means all you have to worry about is looking good in your photo. Our great quality assurance and customer service means all you have to worry about is looking good in your photo.Although women's rights have been incrementally extended in recent years – they were allowed to vote in municipal elections for the first time last year - their actions are still severely restricted.
Saudi Arabia's human rights record, especially with regards to protecting women, has often been called into question.
Christian foreign workers in Saudi Arabia can only pray together clandestinely.
Religious-police dragnets against scores of Ethiopian house-church Christians, mostly poor women working as maids, demonstrate the perils of worshiping: arrest, months long detention and abuse, and eventual deportation.
The documentary introduces viewers to a large public space nicknamed Chop Chop Square because it is the site of so many executions in the Saudi capital, Riyadh. Prince Charles has made numerous trips to the kingdom and, when King Abdullah died last year, flags at Westminster flew at half-mast in a highly unusual tribute to a foreign ruler.
The camera lingers on the red-stained drainage system used to wash away the blood of those executed. In Saudi Arabia, even a minor criticism of the regime can result in a lashing or long prison sentence.
While Saudi nationals are all "officially" Muslim, some two to three million foreign Christians live in the kingdom, many for decades. The Saudi government has ignored Vatican appeals for a church to serve this community, despite the fact that in 1973 Pope Paul VI approved a proposal for the Roman city council to donate city lands for a grand mosque in Rome.