Target: King of Saudi Arabia Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud
Goal: Refuse the ratification of death sentence of juvenile offender
Ali al-Nimr was sentenced to death in Saudi Arabia when he was just sixteen years old for participating in protests that occurred four years ago. al-Namir is being convicted for “breaking allegiance with the ruler, going out to a number of marches, demonstrations, and gatherings against the state and repeating some chants against the state…sheltering men wanted by the police, and attacking police with Molotov cocktails” despite being just sixteen at the time and the prosecution being unable to offer no clear details of the injuries that police officers sustained as well as the security officials may have coerced al-Namir into a confession. al-Namir denies all charges.
An appeals court and the Supreme Court of Saudi Arabia has upheld the death penalty sentence. His headless body may be made public. Saudi Arabia has the highest known execution rate in the world and is one of only three countries who implements the death penalty for adults who allegedly committed crimes while they were still children, according to CNN. al-Namir has had multiple rights violated just leading up to receiving his sentencing. Officials held him for nine months before he even appeared before a judge. Moreover, he was not allowed to have a lawyer when he was being interrogated and his lawyer was not allowed to visit him in prison to prepare for his defense, preventing him from receiving a fair trial. These violations have not been investigated by the court or authorities.
al-Namir’s only hope lies with Saudi King Salaman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud who should refuse to ratify the death sentence if he believes in any justice.
Dear King Salaman bin Abdilaziz Al Saud,
I am writing this petition letter to you to ask that you not ratify the unjust death sentence against Ali Mohhoammed Baqir al-Namir who was a juvenile when he committed the alleged crimes he is being sentenced to death for. He was not allowed a fair trial as his lawyer was not allowed to visit him in prison and he was not allowed a speedy trial as he was detained for nine months before he was even brought before a judge.
al-Namir is being sentenced to death for crimes that he confessed to that was coerced out of him through torture, according to Amnesty International. When he was arrested he was only seventeen years old. Amnesty International has also pointed out that some of the 12 offenses he is charged with are not recognizable criminal offenses under international human rights law. If you believe in any justice at all, do not ratify al-Namir’s death sentence. It would be truly unjust to do so.
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