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Passion Islam I August 2009 ORLD NEWSW I 13
Saudi Arabia abusing
fight against terrorism
Saudi Arabia has been abusing the well as foreigners, “has risen from between 2003 and 2007 and that
fight against terrorism and violating hundreds to thousands since 2001”, 3,106 of them were then still being
the rights of people by detaining said Malcolm Smart, director of held, Amnesty reported that some
thousands under the pretext of Amnesty’s Middle East and North of the captives are prisoners of
security since 2001, says a new Africa program. conscience, targeted for their criticism
Amnesty International (AI) report. “These unjust anti-terrorism of government policies.
In a 69-page report, the human measures have made an already dire The report was released after
rights organization has warned that human rights situation worse,” he Saudi Arabia handed down verdicts
an unspecified number of detainees said. earlier this month for its first publicly
are being held in virtual secrecy, In a campaign of repression reported trials since al-Qaeda-
without access to lawyers or visitors justified with the claim of security linked militants allegedly began their
for months or years and that some enforcement, Saudi Arabia has campaign in 2003 against the world’s
people have been killed in ‘uncertain detained an unknown number of top oil exporter.
circumstances’. human rights defenders, advocates In all, 289 Saudi Arabian nationals
According to the human rights of political reform and members and 41 foreigners received sentences
organization, those who are brought of religious minorities who had of up to 30 years in prison, Saudi state
to trial often face grossly unfair committed no crime recognized by media said last week. It did not reveal
procedures that can be easily the international law, he added. the nationalities of those accused.
described as shocking. Citing June 2007 confirmation by One unnamed person was also
The number of people being held the Saudi Interior Ministry that 9,000 sentenced to death, a government
arbitrarily, including both locals as security suspects were detained official said.
Saudi university among
Lack of Quran
top world’s best 200
Copies Major
Problem in
With the holy month of Ramadan
A renowned university in Saudi the 292nd place in 2009 in an
approaching, Muslims in Cambodia
Arabia entered the club of the world’s unprecedented jump for an Arab and
are complaining about lack of copies
best 200 academic institutions Islamic university ever. For Asia, KSU
of the holy Quran.
according to the Spanish international was the 21st.
The website quoted
classification system “Webometrics,” KSU’s record achievement was
Cambodia’s mufti Karmaruddin Yusuf
which also ranked the university as attributed to its diversified development as saying that it is difficult for Muslim
the first in Arab and Islamic Worlds for scheme that aimed to advance its scholars to propagate Quranic
web visibility. nano program and satellite labs as concepts and Islamic teachings
King Saud University (KSU) ranked well as its renowned recruitment policy among the country’s Muslims due to
197 worldwide and the first in the that allows for partnering with the best lack of Qurans.
Arab and Islamic university world for scientists including Nobel laureates. “Cambodia’s Islamic community is
its Internet dissemination of scientific Following KSU, four other Saudi now in great need of Quran copies,”
knowledge, reaching a wider audience universities occupied the top five he stressed.
of researchers and institutions with its placements with Cairo University Ahmad Saeed, head of Divan-
advanced web policy, according to coming in at the 6th place. ol-Amal Islamic Organization is also
the Webometrics Ranking of World’s Webometrics is an initiative of the quoted as saying that Cambodian
Universities. Cybermetrics Lab, a research project Muslims need at least 200,000
King Saud University jumped from devoted to the quantitative analysis of Qurans.
3259th place in 2007 to 292nd place the Internet and Web contents specially Mosques and Islamic centers in
in 2009 those related to the processes of Cambodia have called on Islamic
In 2007 KSU occupied the 3259th generating scholarly communication countries to donate Qurans to be
place, and in July 2008 it came in of scientific knowledge. distributed among the country’s
at the 380th place, finally reaching Muslims.
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