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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.

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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osama 6 years ago

the video is almost 3 years old.....

Mick 6 years ago

Youtube has just became an actual source of power. Instead of lighthearted kitten videos and people falling down, now it will force countries like KSA and others like UAE (the road beating) to do something. At least "say" they will do something since the world is now watching. Keep filming, folks.

jay 6 years ago

3 days 3 weeks 3 yrs its a reflection of society and modern slavery in the GCC maids driver etc are treated especially bad and this needs addressed anyone who finds it acceptable to do this is wrong it would not be tolerated if the table was turned
jail the perpatrater asap

Muhammad 6 years ago

Only Saudi can post any video like that.....any expat involved will be punished and penalized just like UAE......
I think Human Rights Commission is just black and white without having any idea of what is WHISTLE BLOWING.

ysv 6 years ago

Noted that video is 3 yrs old, but does it change the fact of violation of this worker’s dignity and safety.

Sal 6 years ago

It is an old video. Who has posted it? Nothing going to happen to the Saudi and people will forget this in few days. And rights guys in Saudi and all over the world knows much more is happening like this daily basis in the GCC.

saeed 6 years ago

where is human rights fist see Kashmir ,Burma,Syria , Egypt,
drone attack in Pakistan Afghanistan and other mora in the world.

Andy 6 years ago

Keep them films coming in. Without them no change will take place.

A Moshaikah 6 years ago

It is easy to find the man if they are serious about it.The labour's face is shown and his uniform indicates he is a labour of a contractor to the municibality.I would suspect bangldish community will know who he is.

Karim 6 years ago

Clearly the person who videotaped this thought it was wrong so why didn't he or she stop it instead of videotaping it?