Target: Saudi Arabia King Abdullah
Goal: To have King Abdullah stop using inhumane methods of execution in Saudi Arabia
In Saudi Arabia a woman in her sixties was beheaded after being convicted of practicing “witchcraft and sorcery.”
Amina bint Abdulhalim Nassar was a woman who swindled people into giving her money, claiming that she could heal their illnesses. She was arrested in April 2009 and was not tried until this year. The ministry issued a statement, citing her conviction of witchcraft and sorcery, and she was executed in the northern province of Jawf on Monday. Her death is the 73rd execution in Saudi Arabia this year.
Although witchcraft is banned in Saudi Arabia under strict Islamic law, it is not defined as a crime. Phillip Luther, the interim director of the Middle East and North Africa for Amnesty International explained, “The charge of sorcery has often used in Saudi Arabia to punish people, generally after unfair trials, for exercising their right to freedom of speech or religion.”
There are many issues to tackle as this story unfolds, however the most imperative problem that must be mended is that of barbaric, archaic and inhumane methods of capital punishment that are being used regularly in Saudi Arabia. Nine Bangladeshis were recently beheaded in the country, and Monday’s execution is stirring up further outrage.
Saudi Arabia is among the world’s top nations using capital punishment, among China, Iran and (unfortunately) the United States. If the death penalty must remain, it is crucial for Saudi Arabia to adapt with the times and abandon inhumane methods of execution. Please sign the petition below to urge Saudi Arabia’s government to switch to more humane methods of capital punishment.
Dear Saudi Arabia King Abdullah,
I was appalled to learn that a woman in her sixties, Amina bint Abdulhalim Nassar, was beheaded on Monday after being convicted of practicing witchcraft and sorcery. Witchcraft is banned under Islamic law, however it is not even defined as a crime in your country. Nassar’s death marks the 73rd execution in Saudi Arabia this year.
Many issues must be addressed in regard to this story. For example, how can someone be legally executed if they did not even violate a law? Also, why was Nassam arrested for witchcraft in April of 2009 and not tried until late 2011?
Moreover, what I would like to address as the most imperative issue, is the archaic and inhumane methods of capital punishment that your country regularly uses. Please eliminate inhumane methods of execution like beheading, stoning, and death by firing squad.
[Your Name Here]