WWE & Saudi Arabia Update

Remember back in April when WWE held that massive, spectacular event in Saudi Arabia called “The Greatest Royal Rumble?” Remember that event led to the Prince declaring that he would be more involved in the fair treatment of women in his Country? Well, not all appears to be happening as spoken about both prior to and following the event.

As many of us know, women were NOT permitted to be included in the show at all, including on camera in a working position. If you were a woman, you couldn’t attend unless you were accompanied by a male compatriot. Surrounding the ring, there roughly 10 women present.

On June 27th, the State Paper of Saudi Arabia issued a self-proclaimed declaration of congratulatory towards Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. In the statement, as part of his “Vision 2030 Project”, the Crown Prince wished to advance the role of women in Saudi Arabia. However, it appears peaceful protest is not included in this at all. In fact, it may very well result in death.

Samar Badawi, recipient of the 2012 International Women of Courage Award for the State Department, and Nassima Al-Sadah were arrested and jailed for protesting the treatment of women under the State’s Guardianship System. This means that women cannot go out in public unless accompanied by a male.

Prosecutors in Saudi Arabia are seeking the death penalty for five activists in the country’s Eastern Province, according to Saudi activists and Human Rights Watch. Among those being targeted is Israa al-Ghomgham, who Saudi groups say would be the first female human rights activist to be put to death in the Saudi kingdom if the execution proceeds.

“Any execution is appalling, but seeking the death penalty for activists like Israa al-Ghomgham, who are not even accused of violent behavior, is monstrous. Every day, the Saudi monarchy’s unrestrained despotism makes it harder for its public relations teams to spin the fairy tale of ‘reform’ to allies and international business.” – Sarah Leah Whitson, Human Rights Watch – Middle East Director

What does this have to do with the WWE?  The first being there may have been some untruths about the improving conditions towards to treatment of women in order to draw a massive spectacle to their State. Secondly, rumor going around now is that Saudi Arabia is trying to persuade another massive event in their State, sometime in November, directly following the all women’s PPV “Evolution”.