Target: Monarch of Saudi Arabia King Salman bin Abdulaziz
Goal: Protect Ali al-Nimr from beheading and crucifixion for taking part of protests as a teenager.
Ali al-Nimr was a 17-year-old high school student when he was arrested for taking part in protests calling for social and political reform in 2012. The court later convicted him of incitement, being a part of a terror cell, and attacking police officers with Molotov cocktails before sentencing him to death by beheading and public crucifixion of his body as to set an example for the rest of Saudi Arabia’s enemies of the government. A close associate of the al-Nimr family informed CNN anonymously, for fear of their own arrest, that Ali indeed participated in protests, but only attended with friends to take pictures and participate in chanting.
Whether or not there is evidence of truth in these claims, convicting a person of the death penalty for a crime they committed as a minor is in direct conflict with Saudi Arabia’s international law under the United Nations. Along with obvious legal conflict under U.N. obligations, the upcoming week marks the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, a traditional time of clemency and mercy that often includes the pardoning of prisoners. If there are any prisoners, guilty or innocent, that deserve mercy and a second chance, it would be the young Ali al-Nimr.
Tell the country of Saudi Arabia to allow Ali al-Nimr to survive and receive a commuted sentence by signing the petition below.
To the Monarch of Saudi Arabia King Salman bin Abdulaziz:
Recently a young Saudi Arabian man was convicted of a number of heinous crimes while participating in an Arab Spring-inspired protest and has been sentenced to beheading and public crucifixion. Ali al-Nimr has pleaded innocent of all of these crimes, and is not reported as an activist by anyone that personally knows him. His only place at the protest was to chant with friends and take pictures.
In addition, Ali al-Nimr was a 17-year-old student at the time. Under United Nations obligations, it is unacceptable to sentence someone to the death penalty for crimes they committed as a minor. There is no reason for this young, passionate member of Saudi Arabia’s society to be stripped from the world at such an early age, no matter what the court case or evidence may show. Out of the respect and mercy that comes with the traditional celebration of Eid al-Adha, please commute this young boy’s sentence and prevent him from receiving the death penalty for his crimes.
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