Over the past 3 days, an appalling series of events took place in the Philippines and Saudi Arabia.
These events were far from uncommon, but a little more visible than the usual atrocities of the region.
Dina Ali Lasloom was a 24 year old asylum seeker making her way to Australia from Kuwait via the Philippines.
Dina’s family are made up of well connected Saudi Arabian businessmen and diplomats – something which later posed greater difficulties to Dina than those (already perilous) faced by many Saudi escapees.
Upon arrival at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in the Philippines in the early hours of April 10, Dina Ali was detained and her passport and travel documents removed by Philippines police – though authorities denied the detainment of any Saudi woman.
All this seemingly at the request of Manila Airport in Saudi Arabia.
(Again, it is not uncommon for Saudi women to escape and then be brought back to their families to undergo abuse and ‘honour killing’.)
It was at this point that Dina Ali borrowed the phone of a Canadian woman she had met at the airport to get the word out of her detainment via a series of Tweets and a video in which she pleaded for help (filmed in the Terminal 2 Lounge of the NAIA).
The issue was picked up by the Saudi Arabian Female Empowerment Movement (SAFE) who began Tweeting to get the story noticed and attempting to make contact with media and human rights organisations.
“We demand the government of the Philippines immediately returns (sic) the passport of Dina Ali Lasloom to her. We hold the government of the Philippines responsible for the safety of Dina Ali Lasloom. We also urge all human rights organisations, the United Nations and governments of the free world to intervene to prevent the extradition of Dina Ali Lasloom to Saudi Arabia.”
The story was carried by a few alternative media channels on YouTube and a mere one or two large publications.
Despite the attention, Philippines’ Bureau of Immigration maintained that there simply had been no detainment.
Sources of the Inquirer seem to suggest that Dina was mislead by airport staff to believe, when separated from the rest of the travellers, that she was to be upgraded:
“A report obtained by the Inquirer from NAIA said that Lasloom was initially made to believe that her transfer between terminals was for “a better and more convenient lounge.””
While this was taking place, Dina’s uncle was on his way to collect her from the airport.
Meath Howaij Laslom is one of Dina’s multiple uncles in high places, and works as VP for one of the biggest telecommunications companies in the country.
When Meath arrived he claimed to be Dina’s father, despite protestations from Dina Ali.
(A link to the company which Meath works for will be included at the foot of the page, courtesy of YouTube personality Kraut and Tea who made it available.)
During the approximately 13 hours which Dina spent in detainment waiting for her barbarous countrymen to arrive, Saudi feminists reportedly reached out to a certain American feminist (and Twitter type activist) Randi Lee Harper for help and/or advice.
In a sickening blow, they were blocked by Harper and soon directed their attentions elsewhere.
The trend of dismissal of Dina’s story among prominent so-called ‘feminists’ online continued as another popular YouTube personality and Huffington Post contributor Kat Blaque berated other Twitter users for their attempts to help the situation, and above all demonstrated herself to be no more than a selfish ideologue.
(Frankly, I can think of nothing I’d enjoy more at the current time than to write an article tearing this disgusting, hypocrite-glut apart, but the time it would take is more than she deserves.)
Below is Kat Blaque’s reaction to concerned citizens calling officials and embassy’s in efforts to help:
Simultaneously, it had come out that Dina was being pursued for the alleged crime of financial theft – the likelihood that any theft occurred is almost non-existent as this is an oft-used Saudi technique to gain back their escaped women.
Upon Meath and Saudi authorities arrival at the NAIA, Dina was reportedly gagged with duct tape and had a sheet placed over her, before being bundled away as Philippines police looked on.
A source from on board the aircraft which Dina was placed on leaked news that Dina had been badly beaten, possibly into unconsciousness.
At the same time, reports from the airport surfaced claiming that a medical helicopter had landed, and that a woman had been seen being pushed in a wheelchair due to injuries – whether this woman was Dina is unconfirmed.
The Saudi embassy still denies the incident took place, as of the document below which was released this afternoon:
Dina reportedly landed around midnight April 12 (after a 12 hour flight) and exited Manila Airport through the Royal Terminal, where 4 police vehicles awaited her.
The flight purportedly had to re-route due to Oman refusing access to their airspace.
Dina is now in the hands of her family and Saudi Arabia (current members of the UN Human Rights Council and recent business partners of Canada, following the Trudeau government sale of Light Armoured Vehicles to the country).
Perhaps the most shocking part of this story is the attitudes it awoke in on-lookers.
I’m no longer talking about the vicious lunatics who consider Dina their property, or the pathetic and vapid Western feminism which is satisfied to ignore the plight of such women.
I’m talking about the repulsive views of many Saudis who took to Twitter over the past 2 days to call for the public death of Dina Ali Lasloom.
I’m talking about the stance of the Philippines, who did nothing to prevent and everything to enable this chain of events (as they have done in the past and will surely do again).
I’m talking about the media who ignored Dina (where was the BBC? Where was the media in general?)
The pressing issue now is not concern for Dina, as she is on her way to her own honour killing and there is little at this point that anyone can do to save her.
The pressing issue is education: what we are talking about is a so often ignored culture of the most barbaric and heinous treatment of women anywhere on the planet – and it goes barely reported upon, let alone condemned.
Another Saudi woman has gone missing in connection with this case, her name is Alaa Anazi and she is a Saudi activist who (despite the lack of solidarity from the West) used the avenues available to her to help Dina over the past few days.
All there is to do now is share the stories of these women (and others like them) and call for better recognition of the issue from the silent media, apologist political establishment and general public.
The BBC has yet to cover the story.
Note: BBC Trending has now published an article on the #SaveDinaAli story – the article did not include any of the eyewitness accounts of violence or maltreatment, and despite being posted in the ‘social media’ section of the website, they did not mention any of the Tweets calling for a public execution.
Note: Amnesty Gulf confirmed, this evening that Dina was indeed deported:
Company which employs Meath Howaij Laslom: