Human Rights First (HRF) is urging a total overhaul of the United States’ relationship with Saudi Arabia that retains American interests in Middle East stability while refocusing on the security backlash of Saudi human rights abuses within and outside its borders. Saudi Arabia has an abysmal record of human rights within the Gulf nation, but also carries influence in the region which it uses to promote extremists ideologies, facilitate sectarian conflicts and spreading ideas that fuel organizations like Al-Qaeda and ISIS. HRF makes several recommendations including personal advocating by the president himself, a review of U.S. strategy in Saudi Arabia as well as encouraging the use of military training and contracting programs to promote human rights.
To learn more about this topic:
- HRF: How to Build a More Sustainable and Mutually Beneficial Relationship with Saudi Arabia
- Human Rights Watch reports on Saudi Human Rights Abuses
- UN Human Rights Council Periodic Review of Saudi Arabia