Halt Execution of Migrant Worker

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Target: Justice Minister, Muhammad bin Abdul Karim Issa

Goal: Halt the execution of an Indonesian migrant worker who murdered her abusive employer

A 41-year-old Indonesian woman is facing the death penalty after admitting to killing her employer in Saudi Arabia. Satinah Ahmad was working as a domestic worker for Nura al-Garib in 2007 when the incident occurred. Ms. Ahmad, a migrant worker from Central Java, claimed that she had killed Ms. Garib in self-defense after months of physical and emotional abuse by the employer. Ms. Ahmad claims that Ms. Garib was pushing her head into a wall repeatedly when Ms. Ahmad struck out with a rolling pin and killed Ms. Garib. If the allegations of abuse are true, the death penalty should be immediately be thrown out and the case re-opened.

The family of Nura al-Garib announced last year that they would grant clemency to Satinah Ahmad if they received $1.9 million in compensation for their loss. This is known as “blood money” in many parts of the world. The family of Nura al-Garib refused an offer from the Indonesian government to pay $1.1 million of the $1.9 million and is waiting on the full amount to be paid before clemency is granted.

Satinah Ahmad’s execution has been moved back several times but the newest deadline is coming up soon for the blood money to be paid. If payment is not received in time then the execution will be carried out. The Saudi and Indonesia governments must work together in order to halt the execution. In addition, these governments should do all they can to promote fair treatment of migrant workers in order to prevent similar incidents in the future. Sign this petition to demand a halt to the execution of Satinah Ahmad.


Dear Minister Muhammad bin Abdul Karim Issa,

The upcoming execution of migrant worker Satinah Ahmad for the murder of Nura al-Garib must be halted. Your government must do all it can to find a solution that does not involve the death penalty. The Indonesian government has made efforts to appease the family through the payment of ‘blood money,’ but the victims families has not accepted any offer.

I ask that you intervene in order to prevent further death and destruction. Doing so will improve the human rights record of your country. I also ask that you work with the Indonesian government and other governments that have a large number of citizens working in your country as migrant workers to find a way to avoid similar situations in the future.


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