Stop the execution of young Saudi activist

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Written by  Published in International Issues Wednesday, 20 January 2016 00:00

Stop the execution of young Saudi activist

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UPDATE 2/1/16: Saudi Arabia’s authorities have demonstrated their utter disregard for human rights and life by recently executing 47 people. One of those executed was Ali’s uncle, prominent Shi’a Muslim cleric Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr, who was convicted after a grossly unfair and political trial.

Saudi Arabian authorities claim that the recent executions were carried out to fight terror and safeguard security. However the killing of Ali’s uncle clearly suggests that authorities are using the death penalty to crush dissidents, particularly from within the Shi’a minority.

Ali remains in solitary confinement at risk of death. Please keep taking action.

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Ali al-Nimr has been sentenced to death by a Saudi Arabian court for alleged offences committed when he was just 17.

Police arrested Ali in February 2012 amidst the 'Arab Spring' protests that swept the Middle East and North Africa.

Ali was not allowed to see his lawyer and says that officers tortured him into confessing to charges including 'demonstrating against the government', 'attacking security forces', 'possessing a machine gun', and 'armed robbery'.

Ali is the nephew of Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr -- a prominent Shi’a cleric and vocal critic of the government’s treatment of the Shi’a minority -- who was also sentenced to death in October 2014.

Saudi Arabia is one of the most prolific executioners in the world. In the last 30 years, it has put 2,200 people to death -- sometimes for alleged crimes committed before the age of 18, which violates the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Ali has now exhausted all appeals. He will face execution as soon as the King ratifies his death sentence.

Ali has now exhausted all appeals and could face execution any day now.

Email the Saudi Arabian Ambassador and the President of the Human Rights Commission and insist they revoke Ali's death sentence immediately and take steps to end capital punishment.

We will also present your names to the King of Saudi Arabia as part of our global action

Sources : Amnesty International

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