Stop Saudi teenager’s crucifixion for free speech

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Man Arrested as Child in Saudi Arabia to Be Crucified

8 September 2015

Ali Mohammed al-Nimr is set to be crucified in Saudi Arabia after spending three years in prison for crimes he is alleged to have committed as a teenager. Al-Nimr was accused of participating in an illegal protest … We look at the story on the Lip News with Margaret Howell and Jose Marcelino Ortiz.

From daily The Independent in Britain:

Ali Mohammed al-Nimr crucifixion: UN issues urgent call for Saudi Arabia to stay execution of juvenile offender

Mr al-Nimr was sentenced to death for being involved in anti-government protests when he was 16 or 17 years old

Adam Withnall

Thursday 24 September 2015 11:05 BST

The UN has issued an urgent call for Saudi Arabia to halt the execution of a young man who faces imminent beheading and crucifixion for crimes he reportedly committed as a child.

A Saudi court has upheld the sentence of Ali Mohammed al-Nimr, the son of a prominent government dissident, despite growing and high-level international condemnation.

Mr al-Nimr, who was arrested in 2012 for his participation in Arab Spring protests when he was just 16 or 17 years old, could now be put to death at any time.

The young man’s case has been the subject of fervent campaigning from rights groups including Amnesty International and Reprieve, who say he was tortured and forced to sign a false confession before being sentenced to “death by crucifixion”.

Now, a group of UN human rights experts have penned a joint statement calling on Saudi Arabia to “immediately halt the scheduled execution” and give Mr al-Nimr “a fair retrial”.

The experts, including the UN’s special rapporteur on extrajudicial or arbitrary executions Christof Heyns and Benyam Mezmur, the chair of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, said imposing the death penalty on someone who was a child at the time of offending and after allegations of torture was “incompatible with Saudi Arabia’s international obligations”.

“International law, accepted as binding by Saudi Arabia, provides that capital punishment may only be imposed following trials that comply with the most stringent requirements of fair trial and due process, or could otherwise be considered an arbitrary execution,” they said.

“In light of reports that the trial against Mr al-Nimr fell short of such standards, we call upon the Saudi authorities to ensure a fair retrial of Ali Mohammed al-Nimr, and to immediately halt the scheduled execution,” the experts added.

The French government has also taken the unusual step of adding its voice to calls for a stay of Mr al-Nimr’s execution. Foreign ministry spokesman Romain Nadal said: “France is concerned about the situation of Ali Mohammed al-Nimr, who was sentenced to death even though he was a minor at the time of the events.

“Opposed to the death penalty in all cases and circumstances, we call for the execution to be called off.”

A court rejected Mr al-Nimr’s final appeal this month at around the same time as Saudi Arabia was chosen to head up a key UN panel on human rights.

But while the decision sparked outrage from campaigners and those affected by oppressive Saudi practices, the US State Department said it “welcomed” the move.

Speaking to AP’s Matt Lee, department spokesman Mark Toner said: “Frankly, we would welcome it. We’re close allies… We have a strong dialogue, a partnership with Saudi Arabia that spans many issues.

“We talk about human rights concerns with them. As to this leadership role, we hope that it’s an occasion for them to look at human rights around the world but also within their own borders.”

Saudi Arabia executes ‘a person every two days’ as rate of beheadings soars under King Salman. Those killed include children and people with mental disabilities: here.

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  2. Friday 25th DSeptember 2015

    posted by Morning Star in World

    POPE FRANCIS took the bull by the horns in his address to the US Congress in Washington yesterday by urging an end to the death penalty in the US and across the world.

    He told senators and representatives that every life is sacred and society can only benefit from rehabilitating those convicted of crimes.

    The Pope noted that US bishops have renewed their call to abolish capital punishment.

    The pontiff also urged Congress members — and the US as a whole — not to be afraid of immigrants but to welcome them as fellow human beings.

    He also called for a “delicate balance” in fighting religious extremism to ensure that fundamental freedoms aren’t trampled at the same time.

    The Pope insisted that religious, intellectual and individual freedoms must be safeguarded while combating violence perpetrated in the name of religion.


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  4. Saturday 26th 2015

    posted by Morning Star in World

    HUMAN RIGHTS experts demanded yesterday that Britain drop its bid for contracts in Saudi Arabia’s prison system as it prepares to crucify 21-year-old Ali Mohammed al-Nimr.

    Legal action charity Reprieve welcomed the British Foreign Office’s intention to question the case against Mr Nimr.

    But Reprieve’s death penalty head Maya Foa pointed out that supporting the Saudis in other ways shows “that we condone the most extreme abuses.”

    Mr Nimr was arrested in May 2012 when he was 17 and was tortured until he “confessed” to taking part in pro-democracy protests in the feudal kingdom.

    Despite later recanting the statement he was sentenced to crucifixion by the secretive Specialised Criminal Court. He found out last week that the sentence had been upheld without his knowledge.

    Mr Nimr could be executed at any time, with his head cut off and corpse displayed in public.

    But British officials have refused to drop bids for Saudi contracts, claiming that “withdrawing at this late stage would be detrimental to (the government’s) wider interests.”


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