Prevent Execution in Saudi Arabia


Target: King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud

Goal: Prevent the execution of  Satinah Binti Jumadi Ahmad, an Indonesian national

Satinah Binti Jumadi Ahmad, a native of Indonesia who was working in Saudi Arabia as a domestic worker, is sentenced to die for the murder of her employer. Attempts by the Indonesian government to halt the execution have not succeeded, and time is running out. Sign the petition urging Saudi Arabia to commute Satinah Ahmad’s death sentence and to impose a moratorium on all capital punishments in Saudi Arabia.

Satinah Ahmad confessed to the murder of her employer, Nura al-Garib, but maintained that she killed her in self-defense after suffering months of emotional and physical abuse at her hands. Ahmad was also accused of stealing 37,970 riyals (about $10,000) from al-Garib’s home after the murder.

Satinah Ahmad could be granted clemency if she makes a payment of 7 million riyals to Nura al-Garib’s family. The practice, known as diya, is not uncommon in Saudi Arabia. However, a domestic worker who has been imprisoned for years is not in the position to pay the equivalent of $1.9 million. The Indonesian government offered a payment of 4 million riyals ($1.1 million) on her behalf, but the proposal was not accepted.

Saudi Arabia has one of the highest execution rates in the world, according to Amnesty International, and the court system rarely gives defendants a chance at a fair trial. Foreign nationals account for a disproportionate number of those executed; in 2013, half of all capital punishments were inflicted upon foreign nationals.

The death penalty is cruel and barbaric in any country, but it is especially horrifying in a country where those accused of crimes have so little hope of fair treatment. Sign the petition and urge Saudi Arabia to end the death penalty, beginning with the case of Satinah Ahmad.


Your Majesty,

Satinah Ahmad, a native of central Java, faces imminent execution after her failure to come up with a diya payment of 7 million riyals. Although the Indonesian government attempted to offer a 4 million riyal payment on her behalf, this offer was rejected. Now Satinah Ahmad is sentenced to die for killing a woman that she claims subjected her to emotional and physical abuse. I urge you to do the merciful thing–the right thing–and commute Satinah Ahmad’s sentence.

The current state of the courts system in Saudi Arabia makes it very easy for those accused of crimes to be convicted without proper human rights standards being observed. In this atmosphere, death sentences become doubly grotesque as punishments, since it is entirely possible that the person being executed should have been acquitted.

Justice is not achieved through hasty executions or blood money payments. It is achieved through a legal process that is intelligible, consistent, and fair for everyone. I urge you to commute Satinah Ahmad’s sentence, and I encourage you to impose a moratorium on all capital punishment in Saudi Arabia.


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