Saudi 'beating' video sparks human rights probe

YouTube video nasty shows Saudi man beating Asian expat; campaigners launch investigation
Saudi 'beating' video sparks human rights probe
A still from the YouTube video which appears to show a Saudi man, right, beating an Asian expatriate.
By Andy Sambidge
Tue 29 Oct 2013 02:40 PM

Human rights campaigners have reportedly launched an investigation into a YouTube video which appears to show a Saudi man beating an Asian expatriate.

According to Saudi media, the Saudi Human Rights Commission has initiated an investigation into the video, which was posted on YouTube on Friday and has gone viral.

It shows a Saudi man yelling at the expat, who is wearing orange overalls. The Saudi then beats the man with what appears to be a belt as the alleged victim screams.

Ibrahim Al-Shadi, a spokesman for the Human Rights Commission, told Arab News that the attack is clearly an abuse of the man’s rights under Islamic law regardless of his motive.

“The video clip shows a horrendous violation of this worker’s dignity and safety, which is in contravention to the Islamic moral code of conduct and Saudi laws inspired by the Islamic Shariah,” Al-Shadi told the paper.

“This goes against the grain of the rule of the law in Saudi Arabia regardless of what the worker might have done.”

Al-Shadi said the commission is now following up on this case with authorities to apply the rule of law and uphold the rights of the individuals involved.

Neither the Saudi nor the expat is identified in the video, which lasts just under two minutes.

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