BOSTON — Saudi Arabian authorities are adding sexual assault to their routine for processing prisoners when they are Christian women, according to a new report that is imploring the international community to pressure the restrictive Islamic nation on basic human rights.
International Christian Concern’s Jonathan Racho says the 35 women prisoners were arrested for meeting for a prayer time, and they are reporting that they were molested.
“The female prisoners have told us about how they were sexually harassed. When the Saudis arrested them, they knew the Ethiopians were Christians,” Racho said.
“They took off the women’s clothes and touched them. When the strip searching was going on, the officers were touching the women,” Racho said.
Racho adds that some of the details are graphic.
“They were using gloves to strip search and they were putting their fingers into their genitals,” Racho said.
“This is a very, very serious accusation of harassment and we want the international community to look into this,” Racho said. “The Saudis have to stop harassing these Christians.”
Racho adds that the treatment of the Christians is the opposite of Saudi public statements.
“The Saudis in the past have publicly said that they want religious tolerance and dialogue between the people of faith,” Racho said. “The Saudi king and the Saudi government have been very active in promoting peaceful existence and religious freedom.”…
To Western audiences, that is, as in the case of the Saudi-backed institute for religious “tolerance” based not in Mecca, not in Medina, but in Vienna: the King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz International Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue.