Press TV has interviewed Mohammed Shafiq, with the Ramadan Foundation, in Manchester, and political activist Hazem Salem, in Cairo, to discuss Saudi Arabia’s mismanagement of Hajj rituals.
Shafiq describes the crush during this year’s Hajj rituals in Mina as a violation of the right of life for many people, which means this is a human rights issue.
He says that Saudi authorities must take responsibility for the incident because this is an “organizational matter” and not a natural disaster like floods or earthquakes.
Earlier, when a crane collapsed over pilgrims in Mecca, Shafiq says, “we were promised that action was going to be taken to protect the pilgrims, but clearly that has not happened.”
He says that the Saudis were supposed to “treat their guests with respect” during the Hajj rites but the Riyadh regime “failed” and must now face the consequences.
The analyst further says that Islamic organizations need to also take action and hold Saudi authorities responsible. An international investigation into the Mina tragedy is necessary, Shafiq says, because different accounts of the incident point to different causes.
Salem, for his part, says that since “the one who hosts Hajj is absolutely responsible for everything,” then Saudi authorities are to blame “for all that has happened.”