The Muslim Holy month of Ramadan is fast approaching (begins approx. May 27th). During religious and national holidays the King of Saudi Arabia is known to grant royal pardons to prisoners. This can be an important opportunity to put pressure on Saudi Arabia to release prisoners Ali Al Nimr, Abduallah Al Zaher and Dawoud Al Marhoon who have been sentenced to execution for protesting. Every action taken is important to help gain freedom for these boys. Remember that Saudi Arabia was re elected to the United Nations Human Rights Council late last year. They have an obligation to respect and uphold human rights not only globally but also of its own citizens. This harsh and inhumane punishment given to these boys who were minor at the time of these protest are a clear violation of their human rights and Saudi Arabia must do the right thing and free these boys unconditionally and immediately. Please take action now and share this post.
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His Majesty Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud
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Ali Al Nimr, Dawoud Al Marhoon and Abdullah Al Zaher are 3 Shia citizens who were arrested for taking part in protest during the Arab Spring. These are brave boys who took a stand to protest against discrimination and oppression and protested for equality not only for themselves they took a stand for their communities. They were minors at the time of these protest and have been given the most extreme sentences one can imagine. They have been sentenced to be executed for the simple act of protesting. They were tortured and forced into signing false confessions. They have not been given a fair trail and the evidence that was used against them were the confessions extracted during torture.
Other important points to remember, Saudi Arabia is party to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child which prohibits the death sentence for offenses that are committed by those who are under the age of 18. Saudi Arabia is also party to the UN Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhumane or Degrading Treatment or Punishment. Saudi Arabia is also a member of the UN Human Rights Council. It has an obligation to respect international human rights standards and needs tp comply with its international human rights obligations. The execution of these 3 boys is a clear violation of UNCRC and Saudi Arabia must revoke the death sentences of Ali, Dawoud and Abdullah and free them immediately.