Target: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon
Goal: Enact sanctions against the Saudi Arabian government for illegally torturing and executing brothers
The international community should denounce the Saudi Arabian government for the recent execution of two sets of brothers from the same family. They were executed for allegedly ‘receiving large quantities of hashish.’ In addition, the brothers reportedly gave forced confessions extracted using torture. These executions are the most recent in a string of 17 executions since the beginning of August 2014. Giving the death penalty for non-lethal crimes is a violation of international law and should be met with scorn by the United Nations.
The four brothers were executed despite the efforts of their families to stall the sentence from being carried out. The family contacted human rights organizations in an attempt to raise international awareness but was allegedly warned by security forces to stop contacting anyone about the case. This indicates widespread surveillance of the Saudi Arabian people and shows that the government is willing to go to extreme lengths to violate international human rights laws.
Saudi Arabian authorities must be forced to investigate the way they carry out the death penalty. In addition, security forces should be investigated for the use of torture to extract confessions and other mistreatment of prisoners. Doing this would show the international community that the government is serious about improving human rights in Saudi Arabia. Sign this petition to ask the United Nations to penalize the government of Saudi Arabia for their reckless use of the death penalty.
Dear Secretary General Ban Ki-moon,
Your country’s decision to execute four brothers convicted of possession of hashish should be immediately penalized. The government of Saudi Arabia must be held accountable for so recklessly carrying out the death penalty. In this case, the four brothers who were killed were allegedly tortured and gave false confessions to authorities. If this is true, the government must be held accountable.
By acting against the Saudi Arabian government, the United Nations can show that violating human rights law will bring serious consequences. Improving human rights in Saudi Arabia through the use of economic sanctions could bring positive change to the entire region. I ask you to do all that you can to uphold international law in this case.
[Your Name Here]
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