Newly appointed Sri Lankan ambassador to Saudi Arabia Azmi Thassim has criticized the local media for their comments on Saudi law of stoning to death.
Recently a Sri Lankan house maid was sentenced to death by stoning in Saudi Arabia for alleged relationship with another Si Lankan. Media has criticized the law as inhuman. But the SL ambassador Azmi Thassim depending the saudi decision has told Arab News published in Jedda that “the problem lies with the lack of awareness of local laws. If someone is not happy with the laws of Kingdom, they should choose not to come.”
In fact what the SL Ambassador saying is that the women who is to be stoned to death should not have come to Saudi Arabia and we need to respect the decision of stoning her to death , commented a female human rights defender. Human rights are universal and stoning to death is being condemned world wide today, she further said.
Speaking at the Sri Lankan International School in Jeddah he has futher said that “our country is looking forward to a positive change and it is our duty as citizens to work together to put the country first, It is as important to start educating our community back in Sri Lanka that they should understand and respect the laws of Saudi Arabia.”
Arab News says that the Ambassador Thassim decried attacks on the rules and regulations of the Kingdom in the Sri Lankan media, He has said that media criticisms can harm our relationship with Saudi Arabia.
“This can harm our relationship with Saudi Arabia,” he said. “The problem lies with the lack of awareness of local laws. If someone is not happy with the laws of Kingdom, they should choose not to come.”