New Zealand trade officials are keen to cement in a trade arrangement with the Gulf states whose immense spending power could benefit our exporters. But Key was under pressure from human rights advocates to take into account the abysmal record of Gulf states on the rights of women and minorities in any discussions.
General media reports have indicated that Key brought up the general subject of human rights with King Salman but there has been no mention of discussion about the plight of gay men who are routinely harassed by religious police, legally jailed and can be beheaded for same-sex intimacy. The lives of transgender people and other sexual minorities are similarly fraught. READ FULL