Stop Postponing Solutions

Jameel Theyabi:

The Saudi state is still young and new compared to other states and populations, as it is not more than 100 years old. Nonetheless, this does not spare the government from its responsibility, seeing how the country is rich, donates to strangers, and has a limited population count. Therefore, the solutions are still accessible and these problems can be overcome with a national strategic plan focusing on transparency and public accountability for all those who fell short of the expectations.

The government should stop postponing the solutions and accumulating the files, considering that the demands are growing, multiplying and escalating. For example, and despite the security authorities’ prevention of marches and demonstrations and the issuance of fatwas by some sheikhs and students to ban them, gatherings still took to the streets in Saudi cities while raising demands and issuing statements calling for the release of detainees and the hastening of the reform process. In addition, a number of university and school graduates and male and female teachers organized sit-ins in front of the ministries responsible for managing their affairs, at a time when the Saudi courts are witnessing the public trials of human rights activists and others who are accused of being involved in security cases.

Saudi life is changing and its new facets are emerging in a way going beyond what some have become accustomed to calling “Saudi specificity.” This reveals that the Kingdom is witnessing a popular action, which – although it is approved by some and opposed by others – needs to be resolved in the best possible way for the sake of the future generations.

The article is poorly translated from Arabic but still worth reading. The anxiety expressed by Theyabi here is shared by many young people in the country who see a lot of uncertainty in the nation’s future.