The persecution of activists at home and war in Yemen show talk of reform is a charade
Five Saudi activists face possible execution. Their crimes? “Participating in protests”, “chanting slogans hostile to the regime” and “filming protests and publishing on social media”.
The five, including women’s rights campaigner Israa al-Ghomgham, come from the Shia-majority Eastern Province. They have spent more than two years in prison. Now the prosecution has demanded their deaths.
A regime that permits women to drive but executes them for speaking out of turn is ‘reforming’ only in a columnist’s fantasy