It is their local laws.
Steax wrote: BattleMoose wrote:
It does make you vulnerable. Going to a new country without knowing their laws is certainly a type of foolish behaviour. Fortunately for the most part people generally know
that any type of drug behaviour in Muslim countries are harshly punished. The primary problem here is that people generally just don't know how vulnerable they are in places like Dubai, especially regarding to rape, but by no means restricted to rape.
The best way to remedy this is to talk about it.
Personally I would never go to any of the UAE (most of the middle east for that matter) purely because of their laws and human rights abuses that I find to be so objectionable. And generally cannot wrap my head around people who knowingly make the decisions to live there, knowing their laws.
Is it religion, though? Or is it their local laws?
I explicitly stated that it was their local laws (and human rights abuses) that I find so objectionable. Why their local laws are the way they are is certainly interesting and worthy of discussion but bear little impact on how I view the country.
Here's a map
of drug restriction laws on, say, cannabis:
I honestly don't care at all about cannabis. I don't view it as a human right to be able to partake in it and if some countries want to outlaw it, I really don't care. (Capital punishment or very harsh punishment for Cannabis is something that I would find highly objectionable) I know I don't like it when people smoke it 4+ times a week.
My biggest issue is always with state sanctioned human rights abuses. I know for a fact that the human rights abuses in South Africa are (at least none that I know of) never state sanctioned. The bill of rights of South Africa is for the most part, a copy past of the UDHR. But yes, I am very cautious of countries with large track records of human rights abuses. There is a reason I have emigrated to Australia. And while I really want to visit St Petersburg, I know I would have to be very careful while doing so. /personal circumstances
For context, here's a map of where muslims are located:
Again, I'm not exactly sure if religion is the one to blame here. And, also again, most muslim nations don't operate under so-called sharia law.
I made a comment regarding Muslim countries and penalties regarding drug use. I again realise that I wasn't careful enough in phrasing that comment. The comment was also very ancillary to the point I was trying to make. I should have included another generally
Fortunately for the most part people generally know that any type of drug behaviour in Muslim countries are generally harshly punished.
I was using the fact
that capital offences for drug use disproportionately occur in "Muslim" countries, to support the general perception that I claimed for the general population that generally people know to be cautious with respect to drugs in Muslim countries. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capital_pu ... rafficking
I counted 18 "Muslim" countries that have capital punishment for some aspect of drug activities, representing 56% of countries.
I'm a huge supporter of engaging governments to fix their laws and help their people live better lives. But blanket assumptions based on religion will only sidetrack the conversation.
Its the laws I find objectionable. I agree that blanket assumptions are wrong. The relationship between capital punishment for drug use and "Muslim" countries is not an assumption, it is real. That's not to say all Muslim countries execute for drug use, indeed most don't
, but that they are disproportionately represented among countries that do.
Maybe I should have just said that, it is generally known that Muslim or Islam influenced countries can punish drug use very harshly.